The Airports Authority of India (AAI) informed High Court (HC) that setting up of Simple Approach Lighting System (SALS) for Runway-31 in the Srinagar International Airport is in process.
The lighting system is to be installed within 300 meters of land available in order to help the landing of planes in the month of October-March when visibility reduces at the Airport.
The division bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey heard the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) regarding the matter today.
The court had made directions after being informed by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) that 300 meters of land which is available within the boundary before runway could be utilized for setting up a SALS.
Also in the previous hearings, the court was informed that the airport has the Instrument Landing System (ILS) facility for Runway-31 towards Budgam but there is no approach lighting system to complement it.
The court was informed that if approach lighting system was installed for Runway-31, then the minimum visibility would be 800 meters and would allow smooth landing of flights at the airport during the winters.
As per previous hearing, the State counsel, advocate B A Dar submitted the report of survey data for the lower level land by DC Budgam. Dar also presented contour maps indicating the various heights at different points.
Advocate Tahir Majid Shamsi representing Indian Air Force was ordered by court to examine the same.
Regarding the issue of brick kilns, the court was informed that the notice of relocation have been issued to brick kilns that are close to the airport.
Airport Authority of India (AAI) has been told to submit their observations regarding the brick kilns close to the airport which are affecting the traffic flow.
The court allowed concerned brick kilns to continue to operate till the observation is submitted by AAI.