By Bhama Devi Ravi
Chennai airport`s modernization project was meant to ease congestion, enhance passenger comfort and in short, offer a never before felt departure and arrival experience for passengers. Post the modernization efforts, the terminal which had been put in cold storage for long, finally opened for business mid-April.
Passengers said it would have been more apt if it had opened on April 1, the All Fools` Day. Expecting to walk into a Dubai airport kind of experience travelers instead found as though they had stepped into a movie set at pack-up time. Carpenters` tools, the clutter of masonry, blocked drainages, leaky or non functioning toilets and soggy carpets greeted passengers. The crowning glory of course was when over 40 false ceiling panels - or a little over 70 sq m - near boarding gates H1 and H2 came crashing down. Luckily there was no flight scheduled at that hour, and officials must be patting themselves for achieving zero injury.Click here to read this story in a single page
A few days earlier, some glass panels had cracked, and even if you argue that a certain percentage of glass panels crack in all airports, too many things were happening at the Chennai airport that if someone wants to make a satellite television serial on the supernatural, they don`t have to go location hunting. They can simply set up cameras or better yet, borrow CCTV footage.
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