Clear Chandigarh Airport Vicinity in 4 Months: High Court to Punjab
The Punjab and Haryana high court had given a deadline to the Mohali administration to demolish illegal structures around the airport. Punjab government has just four months to demolish all 98 post-2011 illegal structures that Bhabat villagers built inside a 100-meter radius of the international airport and Air Force station. Air Force had termed illegal mushrooming of such structures a threat to the airport. The structures were identified by a committee headed by Punjab chief secretary, constituted on the directions of the high court. The house owners won’t get any compensation and the court made it clear that demolition squads must follow the prescribed law and not go by just show-cause notices. The demolition orders are based on a status report received by the court during the resumed hearing. The high court is yet to decide the fate of another 216 structures on the next hearing in September. The HC also asked the Centre to take a decision on the proposal sent by the Punjab government. In a proposal, the Punjab Government requested that Chandigarh airport be added in the list of ‘open sky policy airports’.