The Himachal Pradesh high court on Monday directed the authorities concerned to resume flights on a trial basis at the Jubbarhatti Airport, 18km from Shimla town.
A division bench comprising chief justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders after it was brought to its notice that a mobile communication tower of Airtel, which was coming in the way of air connectivity, had been removed.
Acting on the petition filed by a man named Paras Dhaulta, who submitted that no flights were being operating to and from Shimla Airport since September 2012, the same bench on November 21 had directed the authorities concerned to remove the mobile communication tower.
The petitioner had submitted that when the airport became operational in the early eighties, flights were operated from New Delhi to Shimla as well as from Shimla to Bhuntar in Kullu district.
However, since September 2012, the airport had turned into a white elephant, as it was being maintained at the cost of public exchequer without serving any purpose.
The petitioner had pointed out that on the one hand tourism had been severally hit in the absence of any air connectivity to the hill state, on the other hand, the Airport Authority of India spent huge amount to maintain the airport.