HC seeks info on airport facilities

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Feb 27: The State High Court today asked Ministry of Civil Aviation to inform the court by tomorrow as to what steps have taken for providing facilities to the passengers.
The High Court comprising Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey sought fresh status about steps taken on necessary facilities at International Airport Srinagar by tomorrow and keep the matter on board for tomorrow for seeking fresh instructions from the concerned authorities.
The Division Bench was hearing suo moto proceedings on the issue for providing all necessary facilities to the passengers, travelling to and fro Kashmir by air and in this regard court has already arrayed Ministry of Civil Aviation, Airports Authority of India, Air Commodore Indian Airports as also Chief Secretary of the State as respondents in the PIL.
Court had previously directed the authorities to take immediate steps for providing all necessary facilities to the passengers, travelling to and fro Kashmir by air. “It is further provided that whatever steps, required to be taken for providing the facilities to the passengers and ensuring their smooth travel, shall be taken forthwith”, DB directed and sough compliance report from all these authorities by or before next date of hearing which has been fixed by the court in the week commencing from December 26.
The issue involved in the instant PIL has been initiated by Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and thereafter Chief Justice of the State had directed the issue involved be treated as suo-moto in view of public interest. While taking cognizance of the issue Justice Magrey noticed that the Airport Authority of India has, prima facie, failed to take notice of hardships and difficulties being regularly faced by the people, who travel to & fro Kashmir by air.
It has also been noticed in the suo-moto proceedings that the said authority has prima facie, failed to take appropriate remedial measures by upgrading the lighting system and installing the required gadgets at Srinagar Airport as such said authority has failed to discharge its public duty.
“In this fact situation, the Union of India through Ministry of Civil Aviation, New Delhi, Airports Authority of India through its Chairman and Air Commodore, Indian Airports, posted at Air Force Station, Srinagar, are at this stage, impleaded as party respondents in this PIL. The State of J&K through Chief Secretary is also impleaded as party respondent in this PIL”, read the earlier order.