Sunday, September 02, 2018

Airlines to be fined Rs 50,000 for 'poop drop'

New Delhi: Drop poop from flying planes and pay Rs 50,000 as fine. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued this directive to all airlines and other players operating aircraft to, from and within India to comply with an order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT). However, in the same breath, the aviation regulator said it is impossible for flying aircraft to dump excreta and moved the green court to review its order due to which this directive had to be issued.

Till the final outcome of its review petition, the DGCA has directed all air operators “not to release any waste while landing or take-off at or near the airports... As the matter is still sub-judice, the directions are interim in nature and finality of the same shall depend upon final adjudication of the matter.”

“Violation of this order will attract the penal provision in terms of environmental compensation of Rs 50,000 per default, as per NGT order dated December 20, 2016, which will be levied to the air operator. The amount so collected shall be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board,” says the interim order issued on August 30 by DGCA’s director (aircraft engineering) Amit Gupta. This interim order is applicable to all schedule and non-schedule domestic airlines, foreign carriers operating to and from India; state governments, public sector undertakings and private air operators.
02/09/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India