HC directs relocation of brick kilns in Budgam to clear airport runway

HC directs relocation of brick kilns in Budgam to clear airport runway

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday directed that brick kilns coming in the line of airport runway may operate till November 1 and close down thereafter due to its impact on the air quality that leads to cancellation of flights.
The state counsel informed the court that already notices have been issued to various kiln operators and soon brick kilns coming in the way of Budgam runway will be relocated.
On the previous hearing of the case, divisional commissioner Kashmir and deputy commissioner Budgam were directed to take appropriate steps for the relocation of brick kilns which create hurdle for runway-31 at the Srinagar airport. The court observed that the presence of brick kilns on runway-31 adds to the minimum visibility during October-March period, so the kilns had to be necessarily relocated.
Hearing the PIL, the division bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey remarked that it was necessary to relocate these kilns as they were directly affecting the air quality.
Meanwhile, additional advocate general BA Dar informed the court that DC Budgam has supplied survey data to Airport Authority of India for perusal of installation of CAT-I approach lighting system at Srinagar airport.
Advocate Tahir Shamsi who represents AAI and Indian Air Force submitted before the court that he has received survey data for examination.
On installation of simple approach lightning system for the available 300 metres land for runway-31, the court was informed that AAI is pursuing the issue and soon they will come out with the results.
“The lights can help minimize frequent cancellation of flights, especially during winters, at the airport,” the court said.
More than 200 flights were cancelled during first fortnight of January this year in absence of approaching lights system to augment ILS at the airport.
So far as runway-13, towards Chadoora is concerned, the court has been informed that there is adequate land available with the Air Force. However, the runway-13 does not have ILS or the approach lighting system in place.
The court has already directed the airport authority and Air Force take a decision in this regard and report to the court.
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 regularly faced by the travelers.

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