Disability audit will be carried out in J&K airports by April, HC told

Srinagar: The Airport Authority of India (AAI) on Friday informed J&K High Court that the disability access audit of J&K Airports is scheduled from April.
The Counsel, Anil Bhan representing AAI made the submission before the court.
Earlier, the court had directed for disability access audit of the airports in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
The court while taking the submission of AAI on record directed, “let the same be done and steps be taken in terms of the observation made during the audit.”
The Chief Justice’s court had directed Airport Directors of Srinagar, Jammu and Leh as well as the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to coordinate with Nipun Malhotra, founder of Nipman foundation for taking out disability access audit of the three airports.
The court had noted that basic facilities as ambu-lifts, tactile markings, toilets for those with special needs are not available and the differently-abled persons be given the required facilities.
The court said, “Recommendation to be obtained so that all the three airports are made completely accessible to the differently-abled”.
The court had also directed AAI to ensure that all measures for enabling access to the airports as well as aircrafts are provided at the airports.
Meanwhile, government counsel B A Dar sought time from court to place a report about rehabilitation and consideration for compensation of brick kilns which have to be closed down permanently.
The court recorded that the matter be examined at highest level and a positive approach should be taken. It directed for submiting the report on next hearing scheduled on March 23.
Earlier the court had directed authorities to ensure that no brick kiln operator is permitted to operate their furnace or undertake any activity whereby smoke is generated in any manner whatsoever within 8 kms from the centre of the runaway of the Srinagar Airport.

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