Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday directed the Chandigarh International Airport Limited (CHIAL), Punjab and Haryana to file the reply to the inspection report submitted by the amicus curiae senior advocate M L Sarin. The 17-member team, led by Sarin visited the airport to see the facilities available for the passengers available at the airport.
The team was set up on the complaint of the petitioner Mohali Industries Association that basic facilities are missing at the airport. The High Court had directed the amicus and counsels of all the respondents in the case.
What to say of other facilities ‘even in the area where 18 food and beverage shops were to be constructed are yet to be completed. It was found that the shops were still under construction and the quality of beverages and snacks available on the stalls are not according to the standards of an international airport,’ read the observations.
Besides, there is no government pre-paid taxi counter for the passengers alighting from domestic or international flights. The amicus prayed the court to issue directions to the Punjab government in this regard. Though there are four visa on arrival counters but these are unmanned as no approval for the same have been received by CHIAL from External Affairs Ministry of any other
authority. The in-line baggage system has not been installed at the airport. From a security point of view an international airport must have the in-line screening system ie screening after check-in. This system is not available because of its high cost of acquisition. The amicus said that he was informed that two such systems are needed here. Besides, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) is yet to be formulate guidelines for acquisition, installation and use of such system.
The report states that only 10 Punjab Police officials have been trained to man the immigration desks. There occurs slight delay in clearing passengers because these personnel are newly-trained.
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