KARNATAKA

IAF station seeks to restrict entry of public vehicles on road

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has urged the Karnataka High Court to permit it to restrict entry of public vehicles on the road from Gangamma Circle and Zum Zum Point near Jalahalli, Bangalore, in view of the recent terror attacks in Mumbai.

In an interlocutary application (IA), the Centre and Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Jalahalli, urged the court to modify an earlier order it had passed permitting passage of public transport vehicles on a road connecting the cities of Bangalore with Dodaballapur.

Threat perceptions

It said after the terrorist attack on Mumbai on November 26, 2008, it had received messages from higher formations to beef up security. Even intelligence agencies had indicated threats from terrorists to target “soft” Defence installations.

It said the security of Air Force Station, Jalahalli, including its assets, personnel and their families needed to be enhanced to check against any possible terrorist attack. Since public vehicular traffic on the road is heavy, Air Force authorities were finding it difficult to enforce security measures.

It said alternative roads are available to cater to the traffic of the local area.

It said it had also written to the BBMP on the issue.

It urged the court to permit it to restrict the use of the road.

Justice K. Ramanna posted the case for orders.

MMTC coal case

Minerals and Metals Trading Corporation (MMTC), a public sector undertaking, on Wednesday submitted to the Karnataka High Court that it had not supplied 2,750 metric tonnes of coal to Raichur Thermal Power Plant (RTPS).

Senior advocate Nalini Chidamabaram made this submission when a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran and Justice V.G. Sabhahit was hearing a case relating to the award of contract to supply coal on emergency basis to RTPS.

Challenged

A Visakhapatnam-based company had challenged the order to the MMTC, saying that it had bypassed tender norms and that it was also against the Transparency Act. It had filed an interlocutory application (IA) seeking modification of an earlier interim order given by the Bench.

The IA brought to the notice of the court that though the order had permitted MMTC to supply 2,750 metric tonnes of coal, it had not been done. MMTC said it could not supply the coal and that it had already sold it to another party. The Bench disposed of the IA.

In a related matter, a single judge on Wednesday adjourned further hearing of a petition challenging the award of contract to MMTC to supply coal to RTPS.

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