DGCA may take a new avatar as CCA with more powers
A proposal to convert the Directorate General of Civil Aviation into an autonomous regulatory body with more financial and administrative teeth, would soon be placed before the government.india Updated: Feb 14, 2010 12:20 IST
A proposal to convert the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) into an autonomous regulatory body with more financial and administrative teeth, would soon be placed before the government.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has completed a study and recommended converting the DGCA into 'Civil Aviation Authority of India' (CAA), which would be set up in line with autonomous or semi-autonomous bodies like the US Federal Aviation Authority or the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
"The proposal will be placed before the government in three to four weeks," DGCA chief SNA Zaidi told PTI here.
According to the proposal, the entire regulatory and legal processes of the DGCA would be handled by the CAA, he said.
The proposed CAA would have more flexibility in terms of its financing, administration and hiring of trained manpower, Zaidi said in reply to a question.
A feasibility study to set up CAA was commissioned last October in technical cooperation with the ICAO with a view to improve the financial and administrative autonomy of DGCA and enabling it to discharge safety oversight functions more effectively.
A separate organisation will be created to hold independent investigation into air incidents or accidents.