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Independent regulator for aviation sector by year-end

An independent regulator would be appointed for the aviation sector by year-end, according to officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

An independent regulator would be appointed for the aviation sector by year-end, according to officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Speaking on the sidelines of the “Aerodrome India 2008’ seminar in the capital, Joint Secretary KN Srivastava said the issue had been sent to the Parliament and the regulator would be appointed by October this year.

“The matter was sent to Parliament and was later referred to a standing committee. It is likely to be discussed during the second half of the Budget session by when the recommendations of the committee would be available.

Once the Parliament gives the go-ahead, it would take another three months to set up the regulator which would look at issues like aeronautical charges, user development fee and passenger fee,” said Srivastava.

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He added the Greenfield airport policy would also be announced shortly to streamline the process involved in creation of new airports.

The policy is being examined by the Cabinet and is likely to be announced by next month.

Airports Authority of India chairman K Ramalingam said Kolkata and Chennai airports would be upgraded at a cost of Rs 3,800 crore by 2010-11.

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At the Kolkata airport, a new runway would be constructed along the existing one, and for Chennai airport, the existing cross runway would be operationalised and an additional runway would be built.

First published on: 11-04-2008 at 10:22:54 pm
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