Though it is claimed to be one of the best airports in the world, the Indira Gandhi International Airport is definitely not one of the safest places to work.
Sunil Kumar (name changed), an employee working with a chartered flight operator at the IGI Airport, was injured after he slipped through a drain cover and his knee got stuck in the bars of the decrepit cover. Kumar remained stuck in the drain for more than half an hour and had to be rescued by cutting the remaining bars of the drain cover. He was sent to a trauma centre at the airport.
The incident took place at 10 am on Monday near an office building called 'G-5', which is near the domestic Terminal 1 of the airport. To reach the building from the staff parking lot, one has to jump over either a slightly high divider or by crossing the drain cover, which is at ground level.
"Hundreds of people who work at the airport and park their cars at the staff parking lot have to cross this drain to reach their office. Most of us prefer to jump over the drain cover instead of climbing the high divider," said another airport employee who didn't wish to be named.
Kumar was trying to cross the drain when one of the bars of the rusted drain cover gave away. His right leg slipped through the narrow opening and Kumar got stuck, injuring his leg badly. "He was provided first-aid and we released him after some time as he didn't require hospitalization," said an official of the trauma centre.
"We have been asking the airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL) for months now to provide a proper approach road between the parking lot and the G-5 building but nothing was done," said an airline official.
The drain was finally barricaded by DIAL sometime after Kumar was pulled out of his predicament.
Airport operator DIAL was contacted for comments on Monday morning but despite waiting for 10 hours, DIAL failed to answer why there is no safe approach road to the G-5 building.