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Activist Gyadi files PIL on greenfield airport
TDP News Desk
ITANAGAR, Dec 6: The Gauhati High Court, Itanagar Permanent Bench has asked the union government, Arunachal government, Airport Authority of India, Prime Minister’s Office and the Union civil aviation ministry to respond to a public interest litigation (PIL), that demanded to expedite the construction of greenfield airport at Hollongi near here.
Justice Ajit Borthakur, served the notice to the respondents and asked them to reply within 4 weeks.
“Let motion be issued calling upon the respondents to show cause as to why a Rule should not be issued as prayed for; and/ or why such further or other order(s) should not be passed as to this Court may deem fit and proper,” Justice Borthakur said.
The notice from the High Court came following a PIL by noted social activist Payi Gyadi who along with his counsel Kento Jini, Binter Picha and others submitted it on Tuesday.
The PIL demanded the governments to expedite the construction of the much delayed greenfield airport.
In his petition, Gyadi said there is no civil aviation whereas other states of India are well connected with airport facility. He also said the government of India has been very openhanded and invested a huge amount, at least to the tune of Rs 1500 crores in every airport but have been unfair when it comes to the greenfield airport in Arunachal.
Speaking exclusively to The Dawnlit Post, Gyadi said the delay is ‘unjust and denial of benefits’ and that land acquisition process completed long back despite that authorities are unnecessarily convening ‘meeting after meeting without any fruitful decision.”
He also claimed that crores have been spent for feasibility studies and surveys but no tangible progress has been made all these years.
“We need an airport at any cost. The technical experts and both the governments have also zeroed down on Hollongi, why there is so much delay,” Gyadi asked.
He said an airport in the vicinity will prevent regular harassments in Assam due to bandhs, boost Act East Policy, and promote economic growth besides numerous other benefits.
The CNN-IBN Citizen Journalist Award-2012 recipient activist claimed that people especially students and patients contributed money for the advocate fee after he posted his intention on Facebook. “This is a glaring example how our innocent people desperately want to have an airport but our politicians will not understand that,” he added.
He squarely blamed the Congress and BJP for playing politics on the airport issue for their vested interest and urged them to refrain from it “for the greater interest of the state.”