Saturday, August 19, 2017

HC seeks DC Budgam’s report to prevent frequent flight cancellation at airport

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday directed Deputy Commissioner Budgam to submit within week’s time a report which Airport Authority of India (AAI) said would enable it to take a call on installation of CAT-I approach lights to compliment the instrument of landing system for preventing frequent cancellation of flights, especially during winters, at Srinagar ‘international’ airport, a joint military-cum-civil airfield.
The airport has the ILS facility for ‘runway-31’ towards Budgam but there is no approach lighting system to complement it.
If approach lighting system was installed for runway-31, then the minimum visibility would be 800 meters and this would ensure smooth landing of flights at the airport during the winters, the court was informed.
“The problem for runway-31 is requirement of 900 meters of land and only 300 meters of ‘levelled land’ is available while other 600 meters of land is of lower level,” the court had observed on previous hearing and directed the AAI to examine the land after making survey on spot along with deputy commissioner Budgam.
As the hearing started before division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmad and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, AAI submitted that an expert committee, constituted by it, visited the airport for two days and carried out site survey in coordination with Indian Air Force (IAF).
19/08/17 Marouf Ali/Kashmir Observer