Friday, December 08, 2006

Big brother will watch airport operators

Bangalore: The government has initiated moves to rein in private airport operators. In this direction, it has begun the process of introducing a law to set up an airport regulator that will keep a hawk eye on tariff charged by airports and prevent them from exploiting their monopolistic position.
And with a panel of ministers studying the setting up of the regulator having completed their discussions, the civil aviation minister Praful Patel said on Thursday that the government could pass the legislation in parliament as early as beginning of next year.
“The defence ministry’s concerns have been addressed,’’ said Patel.
Now all that was needed was the Cabinet’s approval for the bill to be introduced.
This decision of the government has allayed airline’s fear of monopolistic pricing by private airports.
07/12/06 Praveena Sharma/Daily News & Analysis
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