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Court stays licence termination notice by Chandigarh airport to CITCO till August 14

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Chandigarh Airport. (Categorical Picture)

The district court docket of Chandigarh, on Friday, stayed the license termination discover of the Chandigarh Worldwide Airport Restricted (CHIAL) directing CITCO to vacate the home lounge premises by August 10, until August 14. In the meantime, CHIAL submitted in its reply that CITCO “cannot be permitted to blow hot and cold in the same breath”, as they’ve withdrawn from working the worldwide lounge.

The court docket of Civil Choose Simran Singh stayed the discover after contemplating the pleadings of each the counsels. The matter will now come for listening to on August 14.

The Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Growth Company (CITCO), had pleaded that that they had surrendered the worldwide lounge after giving 30 days discover because the guests on the lounge are minimal and the sale on the worldwide terminal was additionally negligible. They’ve retained home lounge. CHIAL, nevertheless, on July 2 had issued a discover for the termination of house allotted for the home lounge to CITCO on the bottom that the latter “had not fulfilled the conditions of the license including termination of licence qua international lounge”, and thus requested it to vacate the home lounge on August 10. Following this CITCO moved court docket.

CHIAL nevertheless in its reply said that each the lounges have been allotted as a single unit. Thus, if CITCO doesn’t function the Worldwide lounge, CHIAL could be very a lot of their rights to withdraw the operation of home lounge. Relating to the plea of CITCO for rebate within the license price, CHIAL submitted that the charges which have been supplied to CITCO have been the minimal base charges of the house rental and have been agreed to by CITCO, subsequently leaving no scope for additional rebate. On CITCO’s argument of few flights on the worldwide terminal and few guests, CHIAL submitted that the footfall of the travellers on the airport had 7 elevated quickly.

“In the year 2016-17, the footfall was 1.83 million. In 2017-18, it was 2.13 million and in the year 2018-19, the footfall was 2.09 million. It is worth submitting here that the airport caters to the tourists coming from the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.” On CITCO’s plea of passengers not having any time to go to the lounge on account of a flight scheduled roughly each 20 minutes, CHIAL replied that “…the domestic check-in counters opens two hours before the departure time and for the international flights, check-in counters opens four hours before the departure time. Thus, the passengers have ample time to explore and use the airport facilities including the lounge…”

CHIAL additional submitted that regardless of footfall of travellers rising considerably, if CITCO has not been capable of rise as much as the expectation of the travellers, the fault lies with CITCO themselves.

CHAIL said that CITCO was knowledgeable on April 24, 2019 and May 29, 2019 that they should function each the lounges collectively and so they refused to take action. When it grew to become clear that CITCO was not all in favour of working the worldwide lounge, the required consequence was to terminate the operation of home lounge, and as a part of contract, each the lounges should be operated in unison.

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