The way the re-carpeting work of the runway of Indore airport, which has developed two faults within a month causing disruption to flights, is being carried out has raised many questions, according to sources.
A portion of the 9,000-foot runway came off on April 28, and the second fault surfaced on Wednesday.
Sources further said the contractor was not getting proper schedule to do the work as different airlines operating from Indore insisted that there should not be any disruption of flights.
The work which began in February this year, was expected to complete by the month-end, but it might get delayed by a week, the airport officials told Hindustan Times on Saturday, citing technical reasons for choosing summer months for the job.
Airport officials said if the re-carpeting work had been postponed, it would not have been possible for them to carry it out during the monsoon or the winter, and it would have taken full one year to finish the work which is expected to get over either by the month-end or by the first week of July.
“The Indore airport management had taken a decision to carry out the re-carpeting of the runway between morning and noon. But the airlines objected to this schedule, saying it will affect the timings of seven or eight flights. So, the work was rescheduled for night,” an airport official said.
However, following the crack on Wednesday, three flights were diverted, and the runway was closed for one and a half hours for repair work.
Similarly, the crack that appeared on April 28 during the departure of an Air India flight hit the flights, but there was no damage to the plane or the passengers.
Indore airport director Manoj Chansoria said the officials were monitoring the work regularly, and the damaged part of the runway was repaired.