Thursday, October 20, 2016

Have taken all steps to ensure passenger safety: DGCA to HC

Aviation regulator DGCA today informed the Delhi High Court that they have taken all necessary steps to ensure safety and security of aircraft and passengers in the country.

The Director General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) made the submission in response to a petition alleging that aviation authorities were overlooking the prescribed maintenance schedules and seeking directions to ensure safety of passengers on aircraft flying in and out of India.

"All these issues have been dealt with. We have already filed a detailed affidavit. I can take this court through all the steps taken by us. The petitioner cannot be above the DGCA technical committee," DGCA's counsel told a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal.

The counsel appearing for the petitioner said there were several vacancies in DGCA and proper monitoring of aircraft should be done by them.

The bench then observed "How can the court go into these aspects? There is a ministry for this and DGCA is an expert body. They will do that."

The bench fixed the matter for hearing on December 1.

The petitioner, Alok Kumar, has given some suggestions like setting up of an independent expert committee to monitor the functioning of DGCA and ensure strict compliance by airlines operators of usage and maintenance of each aircraft.
19/10/16 PTI/Business Standard