Srinagar: The work on installation of Simple Approach Lighting System (SALS) at Srinagar international airport has been allotted to a company and will be completed within six months, officials informed High Court on Monday.
The counsel for the Airport Authority of India (AAI) informed the court that the tendering process for the project allotment order has been issued on January 27 and the work will be completed by July 27 this year.
On previous hearing Court had directed the (AAI) to complete the entire project related to the installation of a Simple Approach Lightning System (SALS) at the Srinagar International Airport within six months.
The court had also directed that the proposal be cleared on time as the “lights can help minimize frequent cancellation of flights, especially during winters, at the airport”.
More than 200 flights were cancelled during the first fortnight of January 2017 in the absence of an approach lighting system (ALS) to augment the airport’s Instrument Landing System (ILS).
Hearing the PIL on Srinagar Airport, the division bench comprising Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey observed that it is necessary for the authorities to finish this project within stipulated time as already we have passed directions in this regard.
“The pace of the work is needed to be managed so that required projects are finished on time,” Justice Durrez said.
Meanwhile the allotment order for the project was also placed before the division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey.
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 face regularly.