Centre Can Designate One Airport in North India for Import of Flowers: Delhi High Court

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The Delhi High Court on Friday said that instead of designating only Chennai Airport for the importing flower for the entire country, the centre can earmark one airport in North India. The Bench comprised of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan said that it was only ‘a question of accommodation‘ and the government ought to keep in mind that businesses should not be hampered in the current pandemic situation.

“In the prevalent situation, ensure that no one’s business is hampered,” the bench said to the government”,

the bench asked the centre.

The Bench said to the counsel representing the government,

“where there is a will there is a way. Tell your officials that”

An association representing traders of fresh fruits, flowers, and vegetables moved a plea challenging the notification issued by the Directorate General of Police (DGFT) on July 9, which permit the import of flowers only from Chennai Airport. They said to the court that they had made representation to the government before approaching the court but no actions were taken by them.

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As per the association’s petition,

“Earlier there were no such restrictions on import of flowers which include roses, carnations, orchids, chrysanthemums, and lilies.”

The Court directed the centre to take the decision over the representations moved by the association within eight weeks of receiving the order copy from the court and disposed of the plea. The court also said that the government will keep in mind the plight of the members of the association and that there should be a rationale behind issuing such a notification when it is taking a decision on representation.


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