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DC Budgam submits survey data for better landing facility at Airport 
9/13/2017 10:33:49 PM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Sept 13: The state High Court was today informed that the Deputy Commissioner Budgam has submitted data regarding survey of the land which is to be used for installation of CAT-I approach lights by Airport Authority of India (AAI) at International Airport here.
As the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation started before a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmad and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, the Airport Authority Of India as also the Air Force stated that they taken up the issue of setting of simple light approach system within the 300 meters of land which is available. 
Additional Advocate General B A Dar submitted a status report on behalf of Government , indicating that the survey data of the lower land beyond the boundary wall has been supplied by the Deputy Comissioner Budgam to the AAI. 
Assistant Solicitor General of India Tahid Majid Shamsi on behalf of the Air Force submited that he has received the information that the same has been submitted to AAI  and that they would be examining the same.
He requested that the matter be listed after two weeks so that full details can be made available to the court.  On an earlier hearing, the Court had directed Airport Authority of India (AAI) to carry spot survey along with Deputy Commissioner Budgam with regard to land required for installing approach lighting system for smooth landing of flights even during winters at the Srinagar airport.
The direction by the court followed proceedings in the court during which it emerged that Srinagar Airport has the Instrument of Landing System (ILS) facility for runway-31 towards Budgam but there is no approach lighting system to complement the ILS.  
The bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation that it has initiated on its own motion, seeking to provide necessary facilities to passengers travelling to and from Kashmir by air.   The PIL was initiated by Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and on December 14, Chief Justice had directed its registration as suo-moto PIL. In this petition, the judge noticed that the AAI has, prima facie, failed to take notice of hardships and difficulties being regularly faced by the people, who travel to and fro Kashmir by air. The judge also noticed that the authorities have, prima facie, failed to take appropriate remedial measures by upgrading the lighting system and installing the required gadgets at the Srinagar airport.
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