Roof panel falls at Mumbai Airport’s T2 due to suspected water leak

Roof panel falls at Mumbai Airport's T2 due to suspected water leak
The white Gypsum panel, installed on the roof outside T2’s Gate C, fell around 10:30 pm on Tuesday (Picture: ANI)

A cladding panel installed on the roof outside Terminal 2 (T2) of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport fell on Tuesday night due to a suspected water leak.

The white Gypsum panel, installed on the roof outside T2’s Gate C, fell around 10:30 pm yesterday. While no one was injured in the mishap, the incident brought major embarrassment to the airport authority, GVK Industries Ltd.

According to reports, water leakage in the roof is suspected to be the reason behind the panel’s collapse.

The incident comes days after a damaged pipe resulted in a leaking roof at T2. Although the pipe was fixed in a matter of hours, the video of water seeping through the roof went viral on social media platforms.

The back to back episodes have raised serious questions about the quality of infrastructure and whether it’s capable of sustaining during the heavy rains.

The ultra-modern Terminal 2 was inaugurated by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in January 2014 and commercial operations began from February. It was built at a cost of Rs 5,500 crore.

The terminal, used by all international and some domestic flights, can handle 780 aircraft movements per day and 40 million passengers per year.

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