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Meet on Aug 23, finalise shorter airport route: Punjab & Haryana HC tells Punjab, Chandigarh | Chandigarh News

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday asked the state of Punjab, the Chandigarh administration as well as all other stakeholders to hold a joint meeting and finalise a plan for constructing a shorter/alternative route to Chandigarh International Airport that is located in Mohali.

A detailed order in the matter was yet to be released by the high court.

On Friday, the matter came up for hearing before the division bench of Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli. Advocate ML Sarin has been appointed as Amicus Curiae in the matter by the HC. The Bench directed Advocate General Punjab, Vinod Ghai; counsel appearing for Airport Authority, Chetan Mittal; and Senior Standing Counsel for UT-Chandigarh, Anil Mehta; along with the counsel representing the Union of India as well as other concerned stake holders to hold the joint meeting on August 23 at UT Guest House, Chandigarh. The Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner has been directed to be the convener of the meeting.

During the resumed hearing of the case on Friday, Advocate General of Punjab, Vinod Ghai, briefed the Bench about the summary of the current status of 98 identified structuresthat are to be demolished as per the committee report. Of the 98 structures, five repetitions were found in the list.

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Ghai further told the Bench that of the final 93 units to be demolished, 22 already have been razed. Of the remaining structures, 56 had been issued LOI (Letters of Intent) and for 15 have been served fresh notices.

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Ghai further told the court that directions have been issued for “necessary action” to allot plots as a part of rehabilitation package for the affected residents having structures within 100 meters of the outer parapet of the Chandigarh Airport.

An affidavit of the Mohali Deputy Commissioner, Aashika Jain, said that Punjab Directorate of Local Government — vide letter dated August 6 — intimated that Chief

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