Jet flight fire: Traffic cop delayed disaster officials by 20 min

Jha requested the top traffic officer to “ensure that such instances are not repeated”.

Written by Geeta Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: August 26, 2014 9:08 am
The CEO of District Disaster Management Authority Pravesh Ranjan Jha, wrote to Joint Commissioner (traffic) Anil Shukla on Monday, complaining about the “obstruction caused by the Delhi Police constable. The CEO of District Disaster Management Authority Pravesh Ranjan Jha, wrote to Joint Commissioner (traffic) Anil Shukla on Monday, complaining about the “obstruction caused by the Delhi Police constable.

Nearly a week before smoke emanating from the left wheel of a Delhi-bound IndiGo flight sparked a fire-scare last Wednesday, a Jet Airways flight had to abort take off to Bhopal on August 14 when the pilot noticed the flight panel indicating fire on the right engine.

While the aircraft was returned to the bay and passengers made to deplane, civil defence officials — who were called by airport officials were stopped by a Delhi Police constable for 20 minutes on a “slip road” to the domestic airport, specially designed for emergency.

The CEO of District Disaster Management Authority (Southwest) Pravesh Ranjan Jha, wrote to Joint Commissioner (traffic) Anil Shukla on Monday, complaining about the “obstruction caused by the Delhi Police constable on August 14”. Jha also requested the top traffic officer to “ensure that such instances are not repeated”.

According to the letter, a call about the fire was made by a Delhi International Airport Limited official to the Additional Chief Warden for Civil Defence for Southwest district, Vinod Bhardwaj.

“After receiving the call, (he) rushed to the incident site, but on his way to the airport, he was not allowed to take his vehicle through the slip road near Dwarka underpass. Despite several explanations on his part, (the constable) did not allow his to access the slip way,” the letter stated.

“It is understood that service lanes play a vital role during emergency operations…, thus mitigating loss to life and property. Stopping the Additional Chief Warden, Civil Defence (Southwest)… depicts an irresponsible act and is unacceptable,” Jha’s letter stated.

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First Published on: August 26, 2014 1:50 am
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    jawabali
    Aug 26, 2014 at 12:52 pm
    Probably the official was travelling in a personal car with no emergency vehicle written. Cop would be right if it is so.
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      Ajith Kumar
      Aug 26, 2014 at 3:29 am
      The Cop should be given an "Award"because he is the true representative of our SystemBUT the 1 Billion Dollar Question IS Why Should the Fire Tenders to be brought fromoutside.ALL AIRPORTS in the World have their OWN Fire Tenders and Most Advanced Airports have Emergency FOAM SPRAYs for emergencies
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        Paddy Singh
        Aug 26, 2014 at 8:02 am
        This will always happen when you have village buffoons masquerading as policemen. The country with rising literacy and now a developing nation, does not need villagers to be the guardians of the law - you need through bred literate officers. And as one comment asked - why is there not a full equipped fire brigade at the airport?
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          Siurinder Nath
          Aug 26, 2014 at 9:34 am
          Is there no system in place for access on roads to emergency services?
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