SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court on Tuesday directed Airport Authority of India (AAI) to install Simple Approach Lighting System (SALS) at the Srinagar International Airport without losing any further time.
The court remarked that specialised firms must undertake the work according to the directions passed by this court from time to time.
The division bench comprising of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey said, “AAI shall proceed with the execution of work, they shall not wait for further directions.”
Meanwhile, Assistant Solicitor General,Tahir Majid Shamsi representing Ministry of Defence filed the response to the status report filed by AAI.
He pleaded before court that for execution of deposit work, AAI is required to forward the proposal to MES Engineer-in-Chief branch, Kashmir House, Rajaji Marg,New Delhi.
The report said, “In the execution of such works, the role of Indian Air Force (IAF) is confined only to the provision of defence land for such proposed works.”
It further stated that for installation of aviation infrastructure, it requires specialised firms which can monitor the work to meet the special requirement of such infrastructure.
Meanwhile the court said, “The installation of SALS is a specialised work which only few firms can take. IAF has not refused to take the work through MES. Although MES has showed reservations as they don’t have expertise to handle such specialised projects.”
Court also directed that copy be furnished to Advocate Anil Bhan who represents Airport Authority of India for necessary action.
The matter was further listed for January 29.
The PIL was initiated by Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, and on 14 December 2016 the Chief Justice had directed its registration as a suo moto PIL. In this petition, the judge noticed that the AAI has, prima facie, failed to take notice of hardships and difficulties travellers regularly face.