New aviation Bill to replace Aircraft Act

The draft Bill is nearing its completion and shall be shortly circulated for consultations

Written by Smita Aggarwal | New Delhi | Published: April 20, 2012 12:48 am

Given the rapid growth and changes in the aviation sector,the government is preparing a draft legislation to replace the Aircraft Act which was framed in 1934,said top officials.

“The existing legislation was formed in 1934 and aircraft centric. The aviation scenario has changed,and moved beyond aircraft to include airports,safety and security. The proposed legislation would be made aviation centric,” a senior civil aviation ministry official told The Indian Express.

The draft Bill is nearing its completion and shall be shortly circulated for consultations.

The legislation would also include economic,safety and security regulation,apart from passenger safety,grievance redressal and issues related to compensation.

“The Directorate General of Civil Aviation or the proposed new super regulator would draw their powers from the proposed Bill once it becomes an Act,” the official added.

The proposed legislation,called Civil Aviation Bill,would seek to plug the gaps arising out of exponential growth in the sector. The existing legislation does not have provision for aircraft procurement models like sale and leaseback or the air navigation systems,the official added.

From 49 million passengers in 2003-04,the number has nearly trebled to 143 million during 2010-11. In the meantime,four of the country’s biggest airports have been privatised.

The title of the existing Act said,“An Act to make better provision for the control of the manufacture,possession,use,operation,sale,import and export of aircraft.”

In the past several years,it has been amended many times to include provision related to regulation of foreign aircraft,definition of incident,safety oversight functions,DGCA powers and functions,aviation security and air navigation systems.

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