Saturday, October 07, 2017

Court gives six months for Srinagar airport to get landing lights in place

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday directed the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to complete the entire project related to the installation of a Simple Approach Lightning System (SALS) at the Srinagar International Airport within six months.
The court was informed by advocate Anil Bhan, representing the AAI, that the SALS installation is in process and the proposal has been sent to the AAI headquarters.
The court directed that the proposal be cleared within two weeks and a report be submitted before the court.
“The lights can help minimize frequent cancellation of flights, especially during winters, at the airport,” the court said.
More than 200 flights were cancelled during the first fortnight of January this year in the absence of an approach lighting system (ALS) to augment the airport’s Instrument Landing System (ILS).
So far as Runway 13, towards Chadoora is concerned, the court has been informed that there is adequate land available with the Air Force. However the runway does not have either an ILS or an ALS in place.
Meanwhile the court observed that brick kilns coming in the line of Airport Runway 31 may operate till November 15 and will have to voluntarily close down by 31 March 2018.
The state counsel informed the court that notices have already been issued to various kiln operators and the process of relocating these kilns is also being considered.
07/10/17 Nusrat Sidiq/Kashmir Reader