SC suggests amendment in new airport’s design


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday directed the authorities concerned to look into new Islamabad International Airport’s (IIA) design and make amendments to it if required.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar was hearing a suo motu case regarding the accumulation of rainwater at the airport. During the hearing, the additional attorney general informed the court that rainwater had accumulated in the parking area and not the boarding counter.

To this, the chief justice said that the parking area was also the airport’s part. The top judge also observed that the court had to look at the airport’s construction and not its design. The video clip that revealed the footages of the accumulated water was replayed in the courtroom.

Civil Aviation Agency (CAA) officials told the court that the airport’s initial cost was Rs37 billion but it had been increased to RS106 billion. The chief justice noted that despite such hefty costs, works at the airport had still not concluded.

Moreover, the chief justice also said that it was observed that it was being repeatedly said that Chaudhry Muneer constructed the airport but he had only constructed the runway and no one should be scandalised without a reason.