A plea has been moved in the Delhi High Court challenging a central government notification which prevents import of fresh flowers from all airports in the country except Chennai. The petition by an association representing traders of fresh fruits, flowers and vegetables has challenged that the July 9 notification issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) permitting import of flowers from Chennai airport only.
The association has contended that the decision is arbitrary. The matter was listed before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan on Thursday.
However, as the bench did not sit, the matter has been adjourned to December 18. Earlier there were no such restrictions on the import of these flowers which include Roses, Carnations, Orchids, Chrysanthemums and Lilies.
At the moment, the Chennai International Airport has suspended flight operations from 7 PM today, November 25 till 7 AM tomorrow, November 26. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami earlier on Tuesday said that relief camps have been set up and other necessary measures taken in view of Cyclone Nivar which is expected to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Mamallapuram and Karaikal on Wednesday late evening.
He also said the government has declared a holiday on Wednesday and bus services in seven districts have been stopped but people in essential services will work. The Met Department has predicted that Nivar will have a landfall on late Wednesday evening as very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph.
The cyclone is expected to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Mamallapuram and Karaikal around Puducherry. Palaniswami said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called him on Tuesday morning and assured of Central government’s help in relief measures taken by the state government.