Saturday, December 01, 2018

Guidelines revised for airport advisory committee

To widen representation among various stakeholders, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has revised guidelines for the formation of the advisory committee for the Calicut International Airport operating under the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
Sources said the guidelines would also be applicable to the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. For now, the local Member of Parliament will be the chairman of the respective committee. In the case of Calicut airport, P.K. Kunhalikutty, who represents the Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency, will be the chairman. The chairmen will be empowered to nominate three members of their choice from the social, political and cultural fields, the sources added.
The new advisory committee is likely to be constituted by January.
Mr. Kunhalikutty will also be authorised to select three members each from industry, trade, and tours and travels from separate lists furnished by the Malappuram District Collector.
The three other members will be nominated directly by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
As the ex-officio member, the airport director will be the convener of the committee. Besides, the Kozhikode MP and Kondotty legislator and senior officials of various airline companies and the Customs Department will be members of the committee.
The sources said the guidelines had been revised as it had been a practice among advisory committees to give more weightage to political nominees instead of addressing the needs and aspirations of passengers and the local community.
01/12/18 Biju Govind/The Hindu