Submitted by Newseditor on Sat, 2015-12-05 21:44 Bengaluru: The AN 32 carrying 40 passengers from Tambaram landed at the HAL airport here today as part of the rescue operation carried out to help the people stranded at Chennai and in surrounding areas affected by heavy flooding due to incessant rain in the past few days. “We are happy that HAL airport could be used for the noble mission”, said T. Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL. The state National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team under the monitoring of the state disaster management cell is working relentlessly in Chennai. According to the officials at the cell, state NDRF team which reached Chennai immediately after the flood reported working round the clock on rescue and relief operations. Interestingly beside the Kempegowda International Airport in Devanahalli, two other airbases are also used to air drop the passengers struck in Chennai. According to the state disaster management cell officials, till now 100 people have been air dropped in Yelhanka air base of the Indian Air Force in coordination with the state government. On Saturday, Union Civil Aviation Ministry also gave nod to open the HAL airport which was closed for commercial operations since the creation of international airport at Devanahalli in 2008. At present HAL airport is being used 24x7 for military flying, test flights, chartered and VVIP flights. The decision was taken to facilitate relief and rescue operations in flood affected Chennai.