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So much glass has fallen from an airport in India in recent years that the country’s public human rights institution has gotten involved.

India’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on a complaint that the Chennai Airport has witnessed, according to the notices, 61 recent incidents of falling glass. The airport underwent a modernization project in 2012 that included large applications of glazing.

The incidents have been well-documented in the news media in recent years, though the NHRC claims the “concerned authorities” have yet to take “any substantive action” regarding the matter.

“[P]roviding safety and security to the passengers is one of the cardinal duties of the Airline operators and also of the Airport Authorities,” NHRC’s Justice D. Murugesan said in a statement. “Further, the quality and standard of construction of the Airports should be as per the required safety standards.”

He continues, “It is really surprising that despite 61 incidents of glass fall, the authorities appear to have not paid heed to the safety concerns of the people. If the allegations leveled are true, the matter needs to be inquired into.”

According to the complaint, within six months of the 2012 modernization, “the ceiling of the Terminal had fallen down, which continued to happen. Due to this, there is a continuous fear amongst travelers [and] employees. The quality of construction at the Chennai Airport and its sustainability is questionable.”

In 2014, the Hindu Business Line reported a large glass door and glass panel fell within a week. The article cites a series of similar incidents prior, and multiple reports have come out since.

USGNN.com™ reached out to the AAI and Creative Group, the New Delhi, India-based architect of record. Neither responded to a request for comment as of press time.

Gensler partnered with Frederic Schwartz Architects through the conceptual design of the terminal expansion, but according to Gensler senior associate Kashyap Bhimjiani, that’s where their scope of the work ended. “At that point, the Airports Authority of India directly contracted M/s. HPI-CCCL (JV) for construction,” he says. “Because we were not retained for oversight, we do not have knowledge of the project’s final construction.”

USGNN.com™ will update this story as more information becomes available.

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