Disability Access Audit Of Airports: HC Seeks Status Report in 4 Weeks 


SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir High court has granted Airport Authority of India four weeks time a report on disability access audit of the three airports in the state. 

“The status report has not been filed by the Airport Authority of India in terms of the last order. The same shall be positively filed within four weeks from today,” said a division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rashid Ali Dar.

“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, toilets for those with special needs are not available,” a division bench had said.

 “We direct the Airport Directors, Srinagar, Jammu as well as Leh and the Airport Authority of India to coordinate with “M/s Nipman Foundation” (who is assisting the issues relating to disability in another PIL) and cause a disability access audit of the three airports to be undertaken,” the court said. Recommendation be obtained so that all the three airports are made completely accessible to the differently abled, the court had said.

 “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 court had ordered further.

 “The Airport Authority of India shall be responsible for ensuring and meeting expenses of all necessary facilities including accommodation and travel of Mr Nipun Malhotra, his attendants and representatives of Nipman Foundation,” the court added.



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