Thursday, March 25, 2021

HC takes exception to AAI survey of Jakkur aerodrome over metro work

The High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday demanded how the Airports Authority of India (AAI) carried out a field survey of the Jakkur aerodrome without its permission.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka is hearing a PIL petition filed by a city-based lawyer Ajoy Kumar Patil. The petition contends that the proposed airport metro line and the retaining wall would be within just 60 metres of the aerodrome’s runway.

The petition argues that there is an “absolute statutory prohibition” against all kinds of construction as the place has been declared a ‘No Construction/Obstruction Zone’.

Further, the construction violates the Ministry of Civil Aviation (Height Restrictions for Safeguarding of Aircraft Operations) Rules, 2015, according to the petition.

The state government informed the court that the AAI had done the survey between March 9 and 16, and sought time for preparing the charts. But the counsel for the AAI said that he had not received any instruction about the survey.

The bench noted that at a previous hearing, the counsel for the Union of India had stated that the Director of Civil Aviation was not willing to carry out the survey. It asked whether the AAI could have undertaken the survey touching the issues raised in the petition without seeking leave of the court. 

25/03/21 Ambarish B/Deccan Herald

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