The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday directed Airport Authority of India (AAI) to inform it by Tuesday about the steps taken to provide necessary facilities to passengers travelling to and from Kashmir by air.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation initiated by the court on its own, a division bench of Justice Ramalingum Sudhakar and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey asked the AAI to inform the court about the steps taken to address the issues confronting passengers at Srinagar International Airport. The bench will hear the case in detail on Tuesday.
On December 18, 2016, the High Court took suo-moto cognizance of difficulties faced by passengers at Srinagar International Airport and directed Airport Authority of India and others to take immediate steps for providing all necessary facilities to the passengers. The bench had asked Union of India through Ministry of Civil Aviation, AAI through its Chairman to file compliance report.
The court had observed that AAI has, prima facie, failed to take notice of hardships and difficulties being regularly faced by the people, who travel to and from Kashmir by air.
It was also noticed that the AAI has failed to take appropriate remedial measures by upgrading the lighting system and installing the required gadgets at Srinagar Airport.
The court had issued notices to UoI through Ministry of Civil Aviation, Airport Authority of India through its Chairman and Air Commodore, Indian Airports, posted at air force station Srinagar after making them party in the PIL. The state of J&K through Chief Secretary is also arrayed as a party.