JAMMU, July 24: Division Bench of the State High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rashid Ali has directed Directors of Jammu, Srinagar and Leh Airports to file report regarding steps taken so far to make the airports completely accessible to differently abled.
When the matter came-up for hearing, Division Bench on the request of ASGI granted six weeks time for filing report on behalf of Indian Air Force.
“There has been one more aspect which has been overlooked in this Public Interest Litigation which relates to the disability access audit of the airports in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Basic facilities as Ambu lifts, tactile markings, toilets for those with special needs are not available. M/s Nipman Foundation is assisting the issues relating to disability in PIL No.17/2018”, the DB observed.
DB directed the Directors of Srinagar, Jammu and Leh airports and the Airport Authority of India to coordinate with Nipun Malhotra and cause a disability access audit of the three airports to be undertaken.
DB made it clear that Airport Authority of India shall be responsible for ensuring and meeting expenses on all necessary facilities including accommodation and travel of Nipun Malhotra, his attendants and representatives of Nipman Foundation.