Of course, every time it rains, we curse the administrators, the roads, the potholes. Once the monsoon is over, all is again well and good. This has to stop. One place which gave an example, not by preaching or giving us an monsoon action plan but by immediately plunging into action was the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad.
Like all other places, there was water logging. Flights were unbelievably late and as usual rickshaw wallahs and private taxis were out for a kill. Amidst this situation, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport authorities went all out to help the passengers.
Four hours of incessant rains saw the city under deluge. The city recorded about 159 mm of rain. The Airport’s Monsoon Contingency Plan saw buses being plied to drop passengers across the city. This at a time when private taxis and rickshaw wallahs were going for a kill and small car owners could not come to the airport to pick their family members and visitors due to the water logging.
According to Adani Airport authorities, temporary drainage lines were set up and more pumps put into place to control the water logging.
As@ DTboletoDurgesh put it on Twitter “ A heartfelt appreciation to the Adani team at Ahmedabad airport for their professionalism and kindness during the challenging situation caused by waterlogging. Your efforts in assisting passengers are highly valued and respected!#Passengercare”
As @Sukanya65882268 put it on Twitter “ Kudos to the Adani team at Ahmedabad airport for their dedicated efforts in controlling the water logging situation and providing prompt help to all passengers ! Your commitment to resolving the issue is commendable !#AdanAirportHeroes #CustomerFirst
As @sushmita140196 put it on Twitter that “ Don’t why people give false narration. Obviously it’s a situation where we need to be patient. @ahmairport is well managing.,”
As @this_israhul put it on twitter that “A round of applause for the Adani Ahmedabad airport ground staff for efficiently handling the waterlogging situation! Your organization and quick response helped everyone reach their destinations safely. Grateful for your exceptional service! #AdaniAirport @ahmairport
As @Janik_Rana put it on Twitter that “That is not the case. Adani staff at @ahmairport is really helping all the passengers out of their way and assisting the passengers in spite of heavy rains. They helped my mom in boarding and also with the luggage. #Hatsoff to Adani Staff”
The heavy rain and poor visibility resulted in delays for seven outgoing flights, with departures to Ranchi, Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru experiencing delays of 60 to 90 minutes. Additionally, the arrival of flights from Bengaluru, Goa, Abu Dhabi, Pune, Kolkata, Nagpur, and Chennai were also delayed due to the inclement weather. Sources reported that a Ranchi-Ahmedabad flight had to be diverted to an alternate location.
One passenger, Dr. Sharath Kumar GG from Bengaluru, expressed his frustration on Twitter, stating, “The airport has become an island with stranded flyers unable to exit. Absolutely no drainage system working here, and yet to travel 26 km to the hotel, not sure I will reach the destination.” This gentleman probably was in a hurry. The airport arranged buses for city drop.