Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) has moved the Delhi high court to restrain all interferences in the construction of a boundary wall at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, saying the airfield has been perceived as an “important target” after the Pathankot airbase attack in January this year.
In an application, DIAL has said that boundary wall would add “another line of defence” in the security of the airport which falls under the “hypersensitive” airport category DIAL has alleged that construction work of the wall has been stopped due to violent protests by residents of the neighbouring village of Shahbad Mohammadpur, despite the construction being exclusively on airport land.
“It is pertinent to mention that the IGI airport falls under the category of hyper-sensitive airport and has been perceived as an important target by terrorist organisations especially after the attack on the air base at Pathankot,” it said.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal has asked the association, representing the village, and authorities concerned to file their reply to DIAL’s application.
The bench has fixed the matter for hearing on October 17.
“The boundary wall on the perimeter of the IGI airport is being built exclusively on the airport land and not on land belonging to any other authority or private land,” it said, ad ding, “The wall will also prevent any encroachment on the airport land.”
It has sought the court’s direction to restrain anyone from interfering with or obstructing the construction of a boundary wall along the operational wall of the airport.
DIAL has also pleaded the HC to restrain anyone from encroaching on the airport land and has sought a direction to the police station concerned to ensure the outerwall’s construction. David Robertson Womens JerseyShare This