Inclement weather causes false ceiling panels at Andaman Airport to come apart while installation of CCTVs is underway

A piece of the fake ceiling at the expanding Andaman airport collapsed because of strong winds after it had been loosened to make room for CCTV cameras to be installed.

Officials said on Sunday that the artificial ceiling in front of the ticket counter, outside the terminal building, had been loosened for the final alignment and adjustment of CCTV works. The new integrated terminal at the airport, which has not yet been declared operational, was essentially opened a few days ago by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“It’s only a little thing. CCTV camera installation was under progress. There may be problems with fitting the wiring for such cameras, which must be done behind the panels. The problem has been rectified, and the situation is now fixed,” the airport representative informed PTI.

The new integrated terminal facility at the Veer Savarkar Airport in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands was essentially opened by PM Modi on July 18. The fake ceiling in front of the ticket counter outside the terminal building has been loosened, according to a statement from the airport authorities, for the final alignment and adjustment of the CCTV works.

The artificial ceiling was raised from the bottom on the night of July 22 due to a strong wind that was unable to reach the area around the ticketing counters.This caused around 10 square meters of fake ceiling to become displaced, but the problem has been fixed. According to the airport’s statement, the artificial ceiling within the terminal building is undamaged, and none of the installations inside the terminal have been harmed.

The building’s shell-like design represents the archipelago’s natural surroundings. The Airports Authority of India built the new terminal building at a cost of around Rs 707.73 crore due to an increase in passenger volume.

The new terminal building will have a total built-up area of 40,837 square meters and the potential to accommodate 1,200 people during peak hours and around 40 lakh passengers yearly.