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Aerobridges sabotaged, DIAL files complaint

Vishnu Sukumaran, New Delhi, May 6, 2012, DHNS : 1:51 IST

Wiring, fuses tampered with, say airport officials

A section of contracted aerobridge operators on the international side of Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3 have been accused of nuisance and sabotaging 36 aerobridges.

The airport operator claimed that the “sabotage” impacted DIAL commercially. Airport operation was disrupted last month due to this, police said on Sunday.

A complaint has been filed by airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) with Indira Gandhi International Airport police station.

DIAL alleged that its management reported last month that a section of employees belonging to private firm ICS, which has been contracted to manage the aerobridges on the international side of the terminal, had sabotaged 36 of its 78 aerobridges.

“After an investigation by a DIAL team, it was found that e-cabinet of the aerobridges had been opened. The wiring inside e-cabinet and fuses had also been removed, due to which the aerobridges could not be docked and undocked,” DIAL said in its complaint.

DIAL identifies ‘culprit’

The airport operator also claimed that the “sabotage” impacted DIAL commercially. It identified a man named Pramod Shah as the leader of the group of ICS employees.

“DIAL considers this an act of sabotage in which ICS employees led by Pramod Shah and others are responsible,” the complaint added.

DIAL said it has no connection with any of the demand of ICS employees as the firm has its own management.

R A Sanjeev, deputy commissioner of police (Indira Gandhi International Airport), confirmed that police have filed a case over the complaint under section 3 of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.

“We are investigating the matter. No ICS employee has been arrested, but action will be taken if the allegations are found true,” Sanjeev added.

On April 13, operations at the airport were hit after a strike by a section of the contracted aerobridge operators. Some flights were delayed as passengers were transported to aircraft on buses.

The situation was brought under control after DIAL roped in its own workforce. Domestic operations were not affected as aerobridges on that side are managed by DIAL employees.

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