Name of work:Re-surfacing
of main runway 07/25 with bituminous Layers and connecting Angular Taxi including connected Electrical
works at Chennai Airport, Chennai, - DLP
GREAT DISASTER MANAGEMENT
memory of the unprecedented flooding of Chennai, Dec 2015, which caused
unspeakable suffering along with huge loss of life and property, is slowly
fading from our memory. However the way in which SRC has managed to re commission
the submerged major plants in the Airport work site and completion of the job
within the contract period, goes into the history of SRC.
Chennai Airport, for the first time in its
history, was closed for six days. All our major equipments were kept in the
left flank of Adayar river and got completely submerged in the flood. The
Airport is in the right flank of Adayar river and we were moving
asphault/concrete mix through a temporary causeway and that was washed away.
hot mix plants, two concrete batching plants, storage tanks for bitumen,
furnace oil, cement silo, excavators, front end loaders, compactors, pavers,
work shop, QC lab, office, canteen, labour camp, got submerged the flood which was
flowing to a height of 14 feet from ground level at our camp. All the equipments
become completely in-operational.
Equipments needed dismantling of
critical components and procurement of spares; quite a few of them from
overseas. About 150 people belonging to all disciplines of our maintenance team
working in 8 of our other work sites were mobilized to cope up with the
emergency situation. All the electrical motors numbering more than 100 were
sent to various places since none of such facilities were in-operational in
Chennai due to floods.
Our people worked similar to in
military operation and re-commissioned entire range of equipment within 15
days. Such an outstanding achievement, which is commendable even by global
standards, was possible due to the crisis management capability achieved over a
period of 4 decades.