After the proposal of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday directed the Indian Air Force to convene a meeting with the officials of Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh and Chandigarh International Airport Limited to explore the possibility of constructing an approach road to the international airport from National Highway No. 21 for better connectivity to passengers from Panchkula side.
A division bench comprising Justices S S Saron and Lisa Gill ordered that the meeting could be convened on December 14 and the outcome should be informed to the High Court on the next date of hearing.
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During the hearing of the case, Haryana’s counsel produced the letters written by the Chief Minister to the Defence Minister in January and May proposing construction of a tunnel road underneath the runway. Although the Air Force authorities had raised objections on it, they had agreed to conduct a study of a connecting road away from the aircraft operation area.The court was also informed that Fly Dubai had proposed to start two international flights daily and Jet Airways also had plans to fly international destinations from Chandigarh International Airport. Senior Advocate M L Sareen informed the court that even the Dubai authorities had taken up the issue with the Indian government for necessary action for starting flights.
Jet Airways, Sareen said, has plans to operate daily flights between Chandigarh and Abu Dhabi from July-August next year. Jet Airways is also planning a confluence flight from Chandigarh after it gets the Central government’s nod. Air India has plans to start three flights a week between Chandigarh and Bangkok with effect from September next year and Air India also proposes to start a domestic flight between Chandigarh and Leh.
On this, the court directed the Central government to consider plans submitted by various airlines and to submit its detailed report to the court on December 21. The court told Punjab, Chandigarh and Air Force authorities to convene a meeting to sort out the issue of land acquisition for the new runway. Directions were also issued to the authorities concerned to submit the status report on the next hearing about provision of various facilities at the international airport.