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HC seeks DC Budgam's survey report on Srinagar Airport in one week
8/18/2017 10:26:05 PM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Aug 18: The state High Court today directed Deputy Commissioner Budgam to submit data within one week regarding survey of the land which is to be used for installation of CAT-I approach lights by Airport Authority of India (AAI) at International Airport here.
A division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmad and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey passed the direction after Airport Authority of India submitted that the surveyed data for the lower land beyond boundary wall is yet to be received from Deputy Commissioner as such feasibility report for utilizing the land for installation of CAT-I approach lights will be submitted after the surveyed data is received from him.
On last date of hearing, the Court had directed Airport Authority of India (AAI) to carry spot survey along with Deputy Commissioner Budgam with regard to land required for installing approach lighting system for smooth landing of flights even during winters at the Srinagar airport.
The direction by the court followed proceedings in the court during which it emerged that Srinagar Airport has the Instrument of Landing System (ILS) facility for runway-31 towards Budgam but there is no approach lighting system to complement the ILS.
The bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation that it has initiated on its own motion, seeking to provide necessary facilities to passengers travelling to and from Kashmir by air.
The PIL was initiated by Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and on December 14, Chief Justice had directed its registration as suo-moto PIL. In this petition, the judge noticed that the AAI has, prima facie, failed to take notice of hardships and difficulties being regularly faced by the people, who travel to and fro Kashmir by air.
The judge also noticed that the authorities have, prima facie, failed to take appropriate remedial measures by upgrading the lighting system and installing the required gadgets at the Srinagar airport.
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