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DGCA issues show-cause notices to Chennai and Ahmedabad airports. Here’s why

The notices were issued to G Chandramouli and Manoj Gangal, directors of Chennai and Ahmedabad airports respectively, on Tuesday
New Delhi: Aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued show-cause notices to Chennai and Ahmedabad airports after inspections revealed that the airports were not maintaining some critical areas as per its safety standards, sources said. The inspection of airports was done earlier this month by the DGCA.

Critical maintenance not being done, says DGCA

In the show-cause notice, the DGCA said that “critical parts of the aerodrome required to conduct safe aircraft operations” at both airports “are not being maintained in accordance to regulator requirements.” The notices were issued to G Chandramouli and Manoj Gangal, directors of Chennai and Ahmedabad airports respectively, on Tuesday. They have been asked to respond to the notices within 15 days.

The backdrop

The move comes in the backdrop of multiple aircraft landing incidents reported from various airports during the Monsoon season. Earlier this month, the runway at Mumbai airport was shut for over three days after a SpiceJet plane from Jaipur veered off it while landing amid heavy rainfall and then got stuck in the adjacent grass area.