Tuesday, March 13, 2018

DIAL may get exchequer help to clear over Rs. 700 crore dues

The Civil Aviation Ministry is looking at possible funding from the exchequer and other options to help Delhi airport operator DIAL clear outstanding dues worth over Rs. 700 crore to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), said a senior official.

“Otherwise, the Passenger Service Fee [PSF] might have to be increased and we don’t want to walk that road right now,” said Civil Aviation Secretary R. N. Choubey on Monday.
A PSF of Rs. 154 is collected from each passenger flying out from the airport.

Last week, the CISF had said that Delhi International Airport Limited’s pending security fee amount is about Rs. 737 crore.

The CISF is the government-mandated paramilitary force that guards 59 civil airports in the country and charges a security fee in lieu of protecting these sensitive facilities against terror and sabotage threats.

To a query on outstanding dues of DIAL, Mr. Choubey said: “As far as shortfall is concerned, the main thing to be kept in mind is that if the shortfall is to be made good it will require some increase in PSF”. He, however, added that the Ministry is working on other options too.
13/03/18 PTI/The Hindu