Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday directed Inspector General of Chandigarh Police to file compliance report of the court orders issued during previous hearing relating to providing security to former Punjab DGP (Prisons) Shashi Kant. Besides, the Punjab government stated in the court that it would hold go through the working of the privately-run de-addiction centres in the state till next hearing.
The court was not happy over providing security to the former DGP by the Chandigarh Administration and directed that the proper security be provided. Besides, the court was also not satisfied with the security provided by it. The counsel for the Punjab government stated that the committees has been set up at district level and these be asked to visit the privately-run de-addiction centre and submit their report to the state government in turn the same would be submitted in the court.
The Punjab government made the submissions relating to the de-addiction centre during hearing of a public interest petition pertaining to Jagdish Bhola drug racket and synthetic drug menace in the state. A doctor of the PGI, who visited the privately-run de-addiction centre in Ludhiana, of late, contended in the court that there was shortage of space and inmates were forced to stay in unhygienic conditions.
The rooms of the centre are fully packed. However, he said that the government de-addiction centre which he visited were neat and clean and has almost needed facilities. After this, a Division Bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and Sudip Ahluwalia directed him to give a detailed report about this within a week. The court suggested the Punjab government to consider engaging of the retired psychiatrists for the de-addiction centres. DP Correspondent Chandigarh After the decision of IndiGo to start flight to Dubai from the Chandigarh International Airport, Air India Express will also commence international flights thrice a week from mid-November. IndiGo airline has officially announced that it would start flight to Dubai on September 26.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court also directed the secretary of Civil Aviation Ministry, Secretary Ministry of Defence, Director General of Civil Aviation and the Airport Authority of India to hold a meeting to upgrade the Chandigarh airport and prepare a future roadmap. The petition now will come up for hearing on September 1. This was informed to a Division Bench comprising Justices S S Saron and Lisa Gill during hearing of a petition on Wednesday. While the counsel for the Air India Express said that the airline would begin flights to Sharjah from mid-November and the flights will be thrice a week.
The slot of the flight will be declared later Assistant Solicitor General of India, Chetan Mittal stated. The IndiGo submit an affidavit and confirmed the commencement of its operations from the Chandigarh International Airport on September 26 with aircraft having passenger capacity of 180. The flight of IndiGo will be to Dubai, counsel for the IndiGo senior advocate M L Sareen said.
The Division Bench directs the secretary of Civil Aviation Ministry, Secretary Ministry of Defence, DGCA and the AAI to hold a meeting in which remaining issues will be sorted out. The committee will hold discussions and prepare a roadmap to upgrade the Chandigarh Airport for the future. Besides, the committee will also find out a way for increasing the watch hours which are at present up to 10 o’clock, at present. Besides, solution for the installation of CAT III B lighting system at the airport, extension of runway and resurfacing of the runway will be discussed and a solution fond out.
The committee has been also directed to prepare a future roadmap for the Chandigarh Airport. At present, there CAT III lighting system at the airport and the length of the runway if 9,000 feet. The length of the runway should be 14,000 feet for enabling the bigger aeroplanes to fly. The court also directed the Punjab government and Chandigarh to acquire land for the extension of airport so that all kinds of facilities could be provided. During the hearing of the petition the Bench said that it was not happy with the progress of all the parties to make it operational.
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