STATE TIMES NEWS SRINAGAR: A Division Bench of state High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan directed Director Airports of Jammu, Leh and Srinagar that recommendation to be obtained so that all the three airports are made completely accessible to the differently-abled. The court direction came in a Public Interest Litigation concerning differently-abled persons. “The Airport Authority of India shall ensure that all measures as are essential for enabling access to the airports as well as aircrafts and all other facilities are provided at the airports”, the DB held. When the matter came-up for hearing, Division Bench on the request of ASGI granted six weeks time for filing report on behalf of Indian Air Force. DB further observed that there has been one more aspect which has been overlooked in this Public Interest Litigation which relates to the disability access audit of the airports in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. “Basic facilities as ambu lifts, tactile markings and toilets for those with special needs are not available. Nipman Foundation is assisting the issues relating to disability in PIL No.17/2018”, the court observed and directed the Airport Directors, Srinagar, Jammu as well as Leh and the Airport Authority of India to coordinate with Nipun Malhotra (firstname.lastname@example.org) and cause a disability access audit of the three airports to be undertaken. DB also directed that Airport Authority of India shall be responsible for ensuring and meeting expenses of all necessary facilities including accommodation and travel of Nipun Malhotra, his attendants and representatives of Nipman Foundation. The court directed the concerned to list the case on July 23, 2019.
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