Faizan Haidar writes on the Delhi government, city politics, transport, aviation, and social welfare. A journalist for a decade, he also tracks issues such as trafficking and labour exploitation in Delhi and other states.
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Globally, agencies overseeing security at airports have come around to the view that the movement of employees working at airports need to be tracked, an official at the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) said, requesting anonymity.
Updated on Sep 15, 2019 06:50 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByFaizan Haidar and Neeraj Chauhan
As of now, of the 100 operational airports, 61 are covered by the CISF while the rest are covered by the local police, which, say security experts, is not ideal.
Factors like India’s large migratory workforce heading back home to be with family for the festive season and people maximising home visit via an extended weekend with Gandhi Jayanti, followed by the Durga Puja/Navratri week and Dusshera promise lucrative days for travel sector.
The supply at six airports was stopped on August 22. Air India had a meeting with the oil companies and has proposed to pay Rs 100 crore every month of the Rs 4,400 crore debt and it has agreed to pay daily for fuel it is taking for operations.
An Air India official aware of the development said the services could cost between ₹2,500 and ₹5,000 per passenger, depending on the facilities availed.
During loading or unloading of any kind of cargo in an aircraft, the tail support or ‘tail prop’ is used to prevent the plane from tipping over backwards.
Two rakes of Vande Bharat Express are currently available for operations and one of them runs between Delhi and Varanasi.
In a similar case on July 24, an aspiring pilot appearing in Hyderebad was caught with mobile phone. He has been barred for two years.
Various steps have been undertaken by Airport Authority of India to eliminate the single-use plastic items at passenger terminals. These steps include banning of single-use plastic items like straws, plastic cutleries and plastic plates
On July 13, an off-duty Air India pilot, who was flying to Bengaluru as an additional crew member because the plane was full, was grounded after he failed a breath analyser test for alcohol consumption . Following this, the DGCA barred pilots from travelling in cockpits if they are not on duty.
The pilot community had opposed the move as the airline’s manual allows pilots to travel in the cockpit as an additional crew as they might have to join duty from the next station.
Free Wi-Fi is among the six Indian Railways projects that are part of 100-day agenda of the Union government.The project other than providing Wi-Fi networks, is to test a new signalling technology that will improve safety and increase capacity by reducing the distance between two trains.
The Airports Authority of India, which expanded and modified the terminal of Jammu airport in September 2017, has now started work on extending the runway at the airport and sought more land from state government for a new terminal.
IRCTC will levy a service charge of R15 on a ticket for non-AC classes and R30 for AC classes, including first class, according to an order. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be applicable separately.
Hyderabad and Raipur will on September 2 join the airports in Ranchi, Mohali, Patna, Viisakhapatnam, Pune and Cochin where Air India flights will be denied refuelling facilities by the oil companies, officials said.
Air India is in the grip of a major financial crunch and on August 22, Indian Oil Corporation stopped fuel supply to the airline at Ranchi, Mohali, Patna, Vizag, Pune and Cochin airports, owing to nonpayment of dues.
IRSDC has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with IRCON for redevelopment of 12 railway stations including Ghaziabad, Yeshvantpur, Karnal and Thiruvananthapuram Central.
According to officials at security agencies, because of a high-leve alert being sounded, they had put in place secondary ladder point checking (SLPC) under which passengers, despite being checked by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) before entering the departure area, are checked again by airline staff just before they board.
The government’s biggest attempt to privatise Air India ended on May 31, 2018, as a deadline for prospective bidders lapsed with no one showing interest in the airline.
The Parliament on August 3 passed Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019, that increases threshold of annual passenger traffic for major airports to over 35 lakh with Civil Aviation stating that government was committed to privatisation of Air India as its debt has become totally unsustainable.
As the national carrier aims to eliminate plastic usage as much as possible, Air India express and Alliance Air would go plastic free immediately, however, some of the flights of Air India will still continue to use the plastic products due to operational issues.
There have been 19 incidents of inflight shut down/mid-air turn back/rejected take off since 2017, nine of which happened this year, due to issues in the main gear box (MGB) and low pressure turbine (LPT) of Airbus Neo aircraft.
In March 2018, the DGCA had banned 11 A320 Neo aircraft from flying because of problems with their engines, which led to a number of flight cancellations.
On Monday afternoon itself, a Kalitta air cargo plane declared an emergency and landed at IGI due to a suspected bird hit, which damaged the engine. A few days ago, the plane carrying Rahul Gandhi and other dignitaries had to do a go-around due to bird suffered by another plane.
Aviation safety expert Mohan Ranganathan said the increasing number of runway excursions also shows a lack of training and understanding of pilots regarding correct landing procedures.
After a meeting with the Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority (UCADA), State Disaster Relief Authority (SDRA) and representatives of two helicopter operators part of the relief operation, the DGCA has said the operations will remain suspended till the state government comes up with a standard operating procedure .
Air India is in the grip of a major financial crunch and on Thursday, Indian Oil Corp stopped fuel supply to the airline at Ranchi, Mohali, Patna, Vizag, Pune and Cochin airports, owing to non payment of dues.
DGCA is now investigating the matter and asked operators to ensure such incidents are not repeated.
India is also working with Japan to make key technical changes to the bullet trains so that they can handle extreme heat and high levels of pollution.
One possible solution is to have a GPS (global positioning system) trackers installed in all privately owned and operated drones that are registered for use.