Social distancing norms went for a toss on the Arignar Anna Worldwide Airport in Chennai on Wednesday as flyers have been seen standing in lengthy queues on the immigration counters.
In a video purportedly taken by a fellow passenger, folks have been seen pushing one another, with a few of them not even sporting masks correctly. The frenzy was following 5 flights arriving on the airport back-to-back.
Talking with indianexpress.com, D Sharad Kumar, the director at Chennai Airport, mentioned they’ve taken measures to stop such a rush sooner or later by rising the variety of counters. He mentioned that though there are about 19 counters on the arrival part, solely six have been performing on Wednesday.
“Initially, the visitors was very low. So, there have been fewer immigration officers as per the requirement. Instantly, there was a rise (in visitors) and at round 3-4 am within the morning (on Wednesday), 5 flights got here on the identical time. That’s what led to the crowding,” Kumar mentioned.
He added, “We’ve got now taken steps to avert such a scenario in future. Firstly, 4 extra counters have been made operational to stop any rush. Secondly, the problem has been with the registration for the RT-PCR pattern. Individuals are not utilizing the QR code within the departure space. They’re registering themselves after reaching the airport which is including to the time that’s taken to clear every passenger. As such, now we have now put volunteers and pasted the QR codes on the wall close to the realm to hasten the method. I’ve additionally requested the federal government to supply extra manpower. We’re additionally making certain that every one 19 counters are working through the peak hours. I’ve additionally knowledgeable the airways to ask passengers to finish the registration at their factors of origin.”
Earlier, Sivaganga Congress MP Karti Chidambaram had shared a tweet that confirmed an image of trolleys coated in mud close to the worldwide terminal. “Chennai Airport is a humiliation to our state and metropolis,” he wrote.
Chennai Airport is an EMBARRASSMENT to our state & metropolis. https://t.co/Ta8vwY1G3O
— Karti P Chidambaram (@KartiPC) September 8, 2021
The Chennai Airport, nevertheless, had shortly responded to the tweet claiming that the brand new passenger baggage trolleys are stacked on the unused worldwide arrival facet as visitors was very low.