Himachal Pradesh High court today asked the state to submit report before it regarding the action that it has taken on the issue of lack of regular flights at airport of this capital town.
The division bench comprising of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders on a writ petition filed by Paras Dhaulta who has alleged in the petition that that no flights are operating to and from Shimla Airport since September, 2012.
It has also directed the committee constituted by High Court to suggest and take all steps to make Shimla Airport operational ordering to convene meeting within two weeks of panel and submit details about the progress made by it.
The bench fixed next date of hearing on 12th October 2015 in the order. Passing these orders on the petition bench on 9th January this year it had asked the state and committee to explore the possibility to have the facilities of big aircraft at Shimla Airport.
The petitioner alleged in the petition that Airport become operational in early eighties and at that time relevant time flights were operated from New Delhi to Shimla as well as from Shimla to Bhuntar, in Duistrict Kullu.
”However, since September, 2012 no flight is operating to Shimla and the Airport is a virtual white elephant which is being maintained at the cost of public exchequer with out serving any purpose” the petitioner alleged.