The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday said that illegal constructions and butcheries in the vicinity of Chandigarh International Airport is a serious issue and the Punjab government needs to deal with it on priority. During resumed hearing in a public interest litigation (PIL), the high court (HC) division bench of chief justice Krishna Murari and justice Arun Palli even said that it was a “statutory” duty of the state government to remove hurdles in safe flight operations at the airport. The PIL was filed by the Mohali Industries Association in 2015 to highlight infrastructure deficiencies at the airport.The HC asked Punjab to take remedial measures in a timebound manner. The bench also observed that any increase in air operation times would go a long way in facilitating commissioning of more flights and steps should be taken in this direction. Report by August 27All stakeholders have been directed to hold a meeting in Chandigarh to discuss issues plaguing the airport, including illegal constructions, runway upgrade and restricted watch hours (see box). The August 11 meeting will be attended by officials of the airport, Indian Air Force, Union aviation ministry, Chandigarh administration, Punjab and Haryana governments, and representative of various airlines operating here. Senior advocate ML Sarin, who is assisting the HC as an impartial adviser in this case, will be submitting a report on the outcome of the meeting by August 27, the next date of hearing. Different stakeholders have also been asked to submit a status report with respect to works being carried out by them along with the deadlines.The issue of illegal constructions and butcheries was flagged by the Indian Air Force in January. Now, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has started issuing notices to those who have encroached upon the land in the airport’s vicinity and has banned running of butcheries within its 1,000 metres.