After taking on Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh over the proposed new airport at Navi Mumbai, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel on Thursday said that he will work closely with his cabinet colleague to move forward.
Ramesh, who was also present in Lok Sabha, replied, "everything will be fixed".
The environment minister had raised serious ecological issues regarding the proposed airport and said it was likely to damage 2,000 hectare of mangrove cultivation.
"We are trying for the second airport in Mumbai to meet growing demand. My cabinet colleague (Ramesh) is sitting here and we will move forward together," Patel said.
Patil admitted problems of congestion at Delhi and Mumbai airports. In case of Delhi airport, he said the congestion will get over by end of October when domestic operations in Terminal-3 starts.
For Mumbai airport, he said expansion of the existing airport is underway but it can be upgraded only after rehabilitation of nearly 80,000 slum dwellers as this was one of the conditions while handing over the airport to a private party.
"By end of this year half of them will be relocated,"he said.
Airlines' OTP improve
The On Time Performances (OTP) of airlines have seen a significant improvement following the strict enforcement of DGCA's (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) procedure to mitigate flight delays.
In Delhi, the OTP has risen from 15-20% to 50-60%, in Mumbai from 40-50% to 70-75% and in other airports the OTP these days is between 90 to 92%, the ministry of civil aviation said.
Any laxity in implementation of Pre-Flight Medical Check (PFMC) prescribed by the DGCA for flight and cabin crew will be viewed seriously and may attract penal action, ministry said.
The Ministry said that it has been observed that the PFMC is not being conducted regularly. It also emphasised that these requirements should be fulfilled meticulously at all base stations and other stations where crew change takes place and records are maintained.