High Court takes cognizance of passengers’ difficulties at Srinagar Airport

Taking suo-moto cognizance of difficulties faced by passengers at Srinagar International Airport, J&K High Court on Saturday directed Airport Authority of India and others to take immediate steps for providing all necessary facilities to the passengers, travelling to and fro Kashmir by air
High Court takes cognizance of passengers’ difficulties at Srinagar Airport
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Taking suo-moto cognizance of difficulties faced by passengers at Srinagar International Airport, J&K High Court on Saturday directed Airport Authority of India and others to take immediate steps for providing all necessary facilities to the passengers, travelling to and fro Kashmir by air

A division bench of Justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Ali Muhammad Magrey also directed that whatever steps are required be taken for ensuring smooth travel forthwith.

The bench asked Union of India through Ministry of Civil Aviation, New Delhi, Airport Authority of India (AAI) through its Chairman and Air Commodore, Indian Airports, posted at Air Force Station, Srinagar, to file compliance report before December 26.

The petition was initiated by Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey and subsequently, Chief Justice ordered its registration as Suo Moto Public Interest Litigation and listed before the division bench.

In this PIL, the Justice Magrey has noticed that the Airport Authority of India 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.

It was also noticed that the AAI has, prima facie, failed to take appropriate remedial measures by upgrading the lighting system and installing the required gadgets at Srinagar airport and, consequently has failed to discharge its public duty.

While issuing the notices, the court said:"In this fact situation, the UoI through Ministry of Civil Aviation, New Delhi Airport Authority of India through its Chairman and Air Commodore, Indian Airports, posted at air force station, Srinagar, are, at this stage arrayed party in this PIL. The state of J&K through Chief Secretary is also imp leaded as party respondent in this PIL.

Deputy Advocate General Fayaz Ahmad Mir represented the state government while Assistant Solicitor General of India, S A Makroo and Advocate Anil Bhan,  accepted notices on behalf of other respondents. 

The bench listed the case for consideration in the week commencing December 26.

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