Umroi airport case: Survey of India director asked to appear on August 20

Shillong, Aug 6: The Meghalaya High Court has summoned the Director of Survey of India in connection with the matter of feasibility for landing of bigger aircrafts at the Umroi airport.

In its order passed on Tuesday, the division bench of Chief Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice HS Thangkhiew said, “TP Mallik, Director, Survey of India shall remain present in the Court on the next date of hearing (fixed on August 20).”

Rajesh Ranjan, Deputy Superintending Surveyor, Survey of India, Shillong who was present during the hearing on Tuesday, informed that Mallik, posted at Shillong, was attending an international meet, and could not attend the Court, and assured that he (Mallik) would be present in the court on the next date of hearing.

Amicus Curiae P Yobin and counsel, K Paul suggested a panel of technical persons for constituting a Committee to examine various obstacles which according to Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) are coming in the way of granting permission for landing of Turbojet and Airbus at Umroi Airport.

The counsel for the parties stated that a list of technical persons shall be furnished on the next date of hearing.

S. Thapa, the counsel appearing for Air India, informed the court that certain incentives which were available to Air Alliance while operating flights from Kolkata to Shillong have been withdrawn and these incentives have now been granted to Indigo Airlines under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).

The counsel prayed for time to file an appropriate affidavit in this regard.