Privatisation of Major Airports in The Country

Privatisation of Major Airports in The Country 

Government has no proposal and plans to privatize some of the major airports in the country including Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad etc. However, the Government intends to undertake the Operation, Management and Development of Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Jaipur airports through Public Private Partnership (PPP). Airports Authority of India (AAI) has issued Request for Qualification documents on 30.12.2014.

The revenue generated during the last three years from Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Jaipur are given below:-

Rs. In crores

2014-15 (RE)


            This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in theRajya Sabha today. 

Mechanism for Capping of Economy and Business Class Airfares 
The Government is not considering the formulation of a mechanism for the capping of economy and business class airfares, to curb the predatory pricing of passenger tickets by airlines.

Air fares are not regulated by the Government. Airlines are free to fix tariff under the provision of Sub-rule (1) of Rule 135, Aircraft Rules 1937 having regard to relevant factors, including the cost of operation, characteristic of services, reasonable profit and the generally prevailing tariff.

This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

Preferential Treatment to VVIP's and Their Staff Members by AI 
Only one incident of offloading had occurred at Leh Airport in the last one year. A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) had been issued by Air Force, Leh on 22nd June, 2015. Accordingly, the Delhi bound flight for 23rd June, 2015, was preponed and rescheduled to depart at 1020 hrs. All passengers whose contact numbers were available were informed .The check in process was completed by 0935 hours. The boarding cards, however continued to show the boarding time as per the pre revised departure time.

As per records, one passenger who was also scheduled to travel with his family in the same flight, did not get the message of preponement of flight and had reported late as per the revised departure time and had been made to standby, as a message had been received at 0940 hrs that Shri Kiren Rijiju, MoS, Ministry of Home Affairs and his PA were to travel to Delhi on this flight. The confusion among passengers occurred due to the preponement of the flight on account of NOTAM, and as some of the passengers could not be contacted due to non availability of their contact numbers.

This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

Opening of More Uran Akademies 
The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi has been assigned to organize and hold training for Commercial Pilot License Courses, flying instructors and other persons involved or interested in civil aviation including training in twin-engine endorsement/ instrument rating.

Details of the infrastructure of the Akademi are as under-


-Thirteen DA40 aircraft equipped with glass cockpit.

-Five Trinidad TB-20 aircraft. TB-20 aircraft is a piston single engine aircraft with variable pitch propeller, retractable undercarriage and is equipped with modern Nav Aids.

-Four Zlin Z242L aircraft. It is a piston single engine aircraft with fixed under carriage and is equipped with modern Navigational Aids.

-Two DA 42 aircraft. The final stage of training is carried out on this aircraft. This is a twin-engine aircraft. The aircraft is equipped with modern and sophisticated radio & navigational aids. Particular attention is paid to Line Oriented Flying Training. The students graduate with multi-engine endorsement and instrument rating on their Commercial Pilot Licence.


-Single engine training is carried out on two Diamond DA40 flight simulators with CAE visual system having 180 degree field of view. The Akademi also has two single engine TB-20 flight simulator with visual system for initial flying training and instrument rating exercises.

-For multiengine training a Diamond DA42 flight simulator with CAE visual system having 180 degree field of view is available. The operational area has a 6080 feet runway with a parallel taxi track, dispersal area and three hangars. The complete area is equipped with night flying facilities including a Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI). IGRUA airfield has its own nav and landing aids in terms of Very High Frequency Omini directional Range/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) and Instrument Landing System (ILS).

The Akademi is also equipped with most modern and sophisticated up-to-date audiovisual training aids and other facilities for effective ground training.

This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

Development of Airports 
The Government of India (GoI) has granted 'in-principle' approval to 13 projects: Mopa in Goa, Navi Mumbai, Sindhudurg and Shirdi in Maharashtra, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Hassan and Shimoga in Karnataka, Kannur in Kerala, Dabra in Gwalior, Pakyong in Sikkim, Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh and Karaikal in Pudducherry. No decision has been taken for the development of Jewar airport in NOIDA.

The construction work of the proposed airport at Kushinagar has not started as the development of the airport through Public Private Partnership (PPP) could not be realized by the Government of Uttar Pradesh (GoUP).

This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

Upgradation of Passenger Facilities at Airports 
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has under taken the following work for upgradation of major passenger facilities at various AAI airports: Construction of spacious Terminal Buildings with glass and steel structure for increased PAX handling capacity, central heating ventilation and air conditioning system, check in counters with Common User Terminal Equipment (CUTE), baggage handling system compatible with in line X-ray machine, intelligence addressable fire alarm system with firefighting equipment, inclined arrival baggage claim carousals, public address and flight information display system, CCTV for surveillance, VIP lounge, child care room, restaurant, ATM, Wi-Fi, ample car parking space, Passenger Boarding Bridge, Lift, Escalators etc.

This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Shri Ram Vilas Paswan launches Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan 
Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution launched the Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan, a countrywide campaign here today to create mass awareness and capacity building for safe and hygienic food.

Launching the campaign, Shri Paswan said that the Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan initiative is extremely important and very relevant for all stakeholders, especially consumers. He said “food safety is an inseparable part of food security and no nation can guarantee food security if food in not completely safe. Food borne diseases which have severe health and economic consequences, both developed and developing countries can be prevented by food safety practices only”. Shri Paswan said that the initiative complements the widely popular multi-media campaign of his Ministry under the brand name of “Jago Grahak Jago” which empowers the consumers of its rights and demands.

The campaign planned by CII and its partners including Consumer Organization VOICE, and National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), is an effort towards building a culture of food safety in the country. Under the campaign, nationwide sensitisation sessions on cleaning, hygiene & sanitation for safe food, Walkathons and Media dissemination programmes for Consumers, Street Food Industries will be organized across the country.

On the occasion the Minister launched a website and a logo of the campaign and also sign a pledge for a adopting safe food practices. 

Government Extends Date for Suggestions and Comments to Make Recommendations on Issues Arising from the Implementation of the Companies Act, 2013 to 31st July, 2015 
The Companies Law Committee set up by the Government to make recommendations on issues arising from the implementation of the Companies Act, 2013 had invited suggestions and comments from stakeholders to assist its deliberations. These suggestions and comments were invited through the Ministry of Corporate Affairs” online portal upto 21st July, 2015.

Requests have been received from various stakeholders seeking more time for submission of suggestions and comments. To enable stakeholders to provide well researched inputs, it has been decided to receive suggestions and comments upto 31st July, 2015. Accordingly, all the stakeholders are requested to send their suggestions and comments latest by 31st July, 2015.

'Poubi Lai-The Story of a Giant Python' Single object exhibition begins at National Museum in New Delhi 
'Poubi Lai-The Story of a Giant Python' Single object exhibition mounted by Indira Gandhi Manav Sanghralaya (IGRMS), Bhopal in collaboration with National Museum, was inaugurated by the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Shri K.K. Mittal at National Museum in New Delhi today. Director General of National Museum, Sh Sanjeev Mittal and Director of IGRMS Prof. Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri were also present on the occasion.

The fascinating slice of folklore from the country’s Northeast will find depiction in the national capital for next 42 days, as the pioneering sculpture of Manipur’s Poubi Lai, a mythical reptile has been put up in National Museum (NM) for temporary exhibition.

The major wooden artwork is only 12 years old but has earned a special place in the history of beliefs related to the ‘horned python’ that is integral to the age-old tradition of hilly Kangleipak region’s Meitei—an ethnic group who speak a Sino-Tibetan language.

Shri K.K. Mittal said that in the recent past, the Government has been placing an emphasis on promoting the cultural heritage of the North East. With this exhibition, both IGRMS and National Museum have taken a step forward to support this cultural awareness in Delhi.

Conceived and chiseled by (late) wood-carver Karam Dineshwar Singh, who was one of the successors of the royal family-associated Karigar craftspeople, the 21-foot-long artwork found expression in 2002 from a dream he had of Poubi Lai one night. Completed in six months, the sculpture had its inaugural exhibition the same year at Manipur State Museum in the state capital of Imphal.

Art historians note that this sculpture was first of its kind that drew attention of a large audience to console themselves with the live presentations of Poubi Lai about which they have ever heard only in stories. The work has travelled to France for an exhibition.

According to a Meitei belief, godly king Nongda Lairen Pakhangba lived as a human being at night—and could also transform himself into a divine snake called Paphal. Details of such spiritual prowess are available in ‘Paphal Lambuba’—an illustrated manuscript that contains 364 diagrammatic representations of Pakhangba. These assumptions are attributed as Umang Lai, the controlling deity.

Till date, ‘Paphal’ finds place as the divine form of the ruling deity, occupying a significant slot in the socio-religious and political structure of Meitei society. 

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