GUWAHATI, Dec 8 - The Get Airports Ready for Disaster programme, aimed at preparing airports in disaster-prone areas to handle the surge of incoming relief goods during natural calamity, began at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport today.
The initiative, developed by the Deutsche Post DHL group and UNDP, has been undertaken in association with the Airports Authority of India.
UNDP India country director, Jaco Cilliers said, �During disasters, airports frequently become the logistical hub where relief and emergency supplies are distributed. However, airports are often not equipped to handle the huge volumes of goods and traffic that follow in the immediate aftermath of any disaster. Therefore, enhancing the preparedness of airports is vital to ensure business continuity and smooth rescue and relief efforts.�
RS Subramanian, senior vice president and country manager, DHL Express India, said, �During natural calamities, the Guwahati airport becomes a critical nerve centre as it is the only airport catering to international air travel to India�s NE region.�