Congestion at airport not just a technical issue: Bombay HC
The Bombay High Court today told the aviation authorities that the issue of congestion at the airport here was "in public interest" and that they could not tick it off as a "technical" one.
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today told the
aviation authorities that the issue of congestion at the
airport here was "in public interest" and that they could not
tick it off as a "technical" one.
The court was hearing a PIL on the issue, filed by
Resources for Aviation Redressal Association, which stated
that planes faced a difficulty in landing at the city`s
airports and had to hover around for some time because of
heavy air traffic.
Director General of Civil Aviation`s lawyer said that the
issue was rather technical.
But Justice Dharmadhikari said that he had faced delays
on at least 10 occasions where the flight took-off on time but
arrival was delayed.
"It`s in public interest. Don`t say it`s just technical,"
Justice Dharmadhikari said, adding the court is only concerned
about passenger safety.
An affidavit filed by the DGCA office holds that airlines
were authorised to take-off only upon satisfactory
preparedness in the areas of operations, maintenance, safety
The affidavit also said that the Ministry for Civil
Aviation has approved a new procedure for slot allocations at
the airports, which would cut down delays in landing.
The court has adjourned the hearing till August 3, to
enable petitioners to file a rejoinder.