Raipur: The state government has submitted a status report before the Chhattisgarh High Court informing that the pending works of Chakarbhatha airport in Bilaspur will be completed within a maximum of 10 days.
Journalist Kamal Dubey, through advocate Ashish Shrivastava, High Court Practicing Advocate Bar Association President Sandeep Dubey and advocate Sudeep Shrivastava filed the PIL before the High Court. During the last hearing, the High Court directed the state government to submit a report regarding completed and pending works at the airport.
During the hearing on Tuesday, the advocate general on behalf of state government informed that the state has written to the authority concerned seeking permission to convert Bilaspur airstrip from 2-C to 4-C. Simultaneously, Civil Aviation wrote a letter to the state government stating that the documents required for 4-C license. On the second day of the meeting, after discussion of all the parties, it was told that more land will be required for 4-C license. This work has also been completed. The state government has withdrawn 78.22 acres from the army. With this, work of the airport has accelerated and will be completed in maximum 10 days.
After the hearing of matter on Tuesday, the division bench comprising of Chief Justice PR Ramachandra Menon and Justice PP Sahu has directed to complete all the work by the last week of October.
Meanwhile, advocate Sudeep Shrivastava stated that it will take about 17 months for the government to take land from the army. This process will be completed after the approval from the Union Cabinet, he said, citing the withdrawal of the land allotted to the steel plant in Bastar, that if the land is not used for 10 years, then this allocation is lapsed. The army has not done any work in Chakrabhatha for more than 10 years. In the application, he requested that out of the 1100 acres of land allotted to the army, the land should be withdrawn as much as is required for 4-C category license.
The High Court has posted the matter for next hearing in November after Diwali holidays.