New Delhi: Yashwant S. Bhave, secretary, department of consumer affairs in the ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, has been appointed chairman of the country’s new airport regulator, Airports Economic Regulatory Authority, or AERA, according to two senior government officials. Bhave is an Indian Administrative Service officer of the 1972 batch from the Maharashtra cadre.
Prior to department of consumer affairs, Bhave served as special secretary in the department of telecommunications or DoT.
“The orders have been issued,” said one government official, adding the new body is trying to set up its offices in Air India’s New Delhi headquarters though such an agreement is still to be firmed up. It currently operates from the Airports Authority of India offices in New Delhi. The regulator will become operational this year, civil aviation minister Praful Patel said late last month.
Aera will replace the regulatory role of state-owned Airports Authority of India, or AAI, for setting airport tariffs at high traffic airports such as New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. The new regulator will have a chairman and two members. On Tuesday, civil aviation secretary Madhavan Nambiar and cabinet secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar also discussed around two-dozen possible candidates, to fill up the position of another member technical member at AERA.