SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court on Tuesday granted final opportunity to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to install a Simple Approach Lighting System (SALS) at the Srinagar International Airport without any further delay and remarked that in case AAI fails to install SALS, then strict action will be taken.
The court remarked that specialised firms must undertake the work according to the directions passed by court from time to time.
The Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur granted one more opportunity to AAI after its counsel submitted before court that work on the SALS is underway and asked that a short period of time be granted to apprise the court of the same.
Advocate Anil Bhan representing AAI informed the court that the work on the installation of SALS at Srinagar International Airport has been allotted to a company and shall be completed within a short period, for which he requested that some time be granted to file the status report.
The Court, while taking his submission on record, granted him further time for the completion of work on installation of the SALS with a direction that in case AAI fails, then appropriate order will follow.
On a previous hearing, the court had said that the installation of SALS is a specialised work which only a few firms can undertake. The Indian Air Force has not refused to take the work through Military Engineer Services (MES), although the MES has shown reservations as they do not have the expertise to handle such specialised projects.
The PIL was initiated by Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, and on 14 December 2016 the Chief Justice had directed its registration as a suo motu PIL. In this petition, the judge noticed that the AAI has, prima facie, failed to take notice of the hardships and difficulties travellers regularly face.