SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court on Monday asked government of India through civil aviation ministry and Airport Authority of India (AAI) to file a status report about the steps taken for mitigating ‘hardship and difficulties’ faced by the public at Srinagar airport.
The directions to the authorities which also include Air Commodore Indian Airports was passed by a division bench of Justices R. Sudhakar and Ali Mohammad Magrey after the authorities failed to submit the status report as directed by the court on previous hearing.
Last year, the court had directed the authorities to take immediate steps for providing all necessary facilities to the passengers, travelling to and fro Kashmir by air.
The petition was initiated by Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and on December 14 last year, Chief Justice directed its registration as Suo Moto Public Interest Litigation and ordered its listing before the division bench.
In this PIL, the judge has noticed that AAI has, prima facie, failed to take notice of hardships and difficulties being regularly faced by the people.
It said that prima facie, the authorities have failed to take appropriate remedial measures by upgrading the lighting system and installing the required gadgets at the airport.
“In this fact situation, the UoI through Ministry of Civil Aviation, New Delhi airport 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,” the court had said and issued notices, calling for their response.