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Volvo buses 24x7 for passengers at Kolkata airport

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, July 31, 2013
First Published: 12:41 IST(31/7/2013) | Last Updated: 12:44 IST(31/7/2013)

Passengers flying in and out of the city airport would soon be able to avail Volvo bus service round the clock.

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The decision was taken at a meeting of the Airport Advisory Committee (AAC) on Tuesday.

In addition to a luxury ride in sprawling Volvo buses, the fliers would also be in line to get a proper lowdown on taxi fares from a touch screen kiosk to be installed by the Bidhannagar police in the airport premises.

“The state transport department would soon rope in an agency to operate the Volvo buses between 10pm and 6am. The buses would ply from the airport to various destinations in the city,” Trinamool Congress MP Sougata Roy, who is also the chairman of the AAC, said.

“We currently have a dedicated bus service by day and it would soon be extended to a 24-hour service. The night operations would be launched very soon,” Roy said.

However, Roy did voice some worry over the state of the new terminal barely six months to its gala launch and said it had still to make some ground towards living up to the expectations of the people.

“Since there has been little headway in efforts to figure out the reason behind of the shattering of glass panels at the new terminal, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has directed to set up a canopy at the entry and exit points of the building.
 
The canopy would keep the passengers from getting hurt in the event of a similar incident in the future,” Roy said.

Samples of the shattered glass had been sent to as many as three to four global agencies, but none could shed any light on the reason for the glass giving way.

Though the AAI officials have attributed the incident to the presence nickel sulphide in the glass, they couldn’t offer any way out of the problem.

Concerned over the present state of affairs, Roy lately wrote to civil aviation minister Ajit Singh and sought his intervention in the matter.

“The AAI has recently installed tougher, stouter glasses, which are compliant with international standards, at the façade of the new terminal. These are deemed safer, as they disintegrate into small fragments in the event of a crack and reduces the risk of injury to passengers,” read a letter by Singh in response to Roy’s.

The minister further assured of all steps to ensure safety of structures at the new terminal and of the fliers and visitors to the city airport.

“However, I am not too happy with the minister’s response,” said Roy, a professor of physics himself.


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