Panjim: The pre-monsoon maintenance of runway is a planned activity undertaken by the Indian Navy from May 1 to 7 every year between 0630 hrs and 1230 hrs. During this six hours, Dabolim Airport is closed to all traffic.
However, in view of the unprecedented events arising out of COVID-19 and lockdown measures instituted, the Indian Navy has decided to reschedule the planned activity to coincide with the restrictions on Civil Operators till May 3, 2020, a statement from Navy said.
The Air Station proactively co- ordinated with the District Magistrate and Collector’s Office of South Goa to ensure permissions for Contractors to start work from April 26, 2020. The proactive approach of the station was duly reciprocated by Agnelo A G Fernandes, ADM, South Goa, who activated the State Administration towards facilitating the Runway Repair work. With the support of State authorities permission to start the plant and clearances for the men and machinery was promptly granted.
A total area of 390 Sqm was addressed on the very first day. The work is planned till May 2, 2020 between 1400 hrs till 1900 hrs.
The Air Station has maintained operational status with military flying in morning hours and other relief flights operating beyond the closure timings.
The Pre-monsoon maintenance not only addresses the deterioration but also helps in initiating preventive measures which allows for unhindered aircraft operations during the Monsoon Season in Goa.