05 December, Chennai
In a positive note for stranded passengers amid the floods in Chennai, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma on Saturday said that commercial flights are expected to begin their services after December 6th, once hopefully power is restored in the airport.
“We started technical flights Friday, but resuming commercial flights services will take time as the airport basement remains flooded and there is no power supply. We expect commercial flight services to resume after December 6th,” Sharma said.
He added that four flights, including those of Air India will resume today and four flights had carted around 319 stranded passengers back home yesterday.
“Once power supply is restored and water evacuation happens, we can restart commercial flight services,” Sharma added.
Meanwhile, with the torrential rains having slowed down to light showers, rescue ops and relief works have intensified as the NDRF and the Navy are taking advantage of the situation to help the stranded people.