JOBS | Parliamentary committee questions airport policy
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on transport tourism and culture,
which has been questioning the closure of the HAL Airport for commercial
flight operations since the opening of the Bengaluru International
Airport (BIA) in 2008, wants the central government to come out with a
clear policy on new airports being constructed within 150km radius of
the existing one.
The committee headed by Rajya Sabha MP and CPI(M) leader Sitaram
Yechury, in its recent report on demands for grants (2013-14) of
Ministry of Civil Aviation, wants a clear policy decision on new
airports within 150km radius of the existing one.
The HAL airport had to cease commercial flight operations from May 2008,
as the government’s policy does not allow any existing airport to
function within 150km of a Greenfield airport (BIA). However, with the
government giving in principal approval for setting up a Greenfield
airport in Aranmula (Kerala), the committee has questioned the
Greenfield airport policy.