New Delhi: Government today decided to amend a Bill to appoint an ombudsman for regulating tariff structure at all airports and also competition among fuel suppliers .
The Union Cabinet, at its meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, decided to accept several recommendations of the department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Bill, 2007.
“The Cabinet decided to move amendments to the Bill, pending in Lok Sabha since last September, in the coming session of Parliament,” said Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal.
Once the Bill is approved, it would be notified in three months, a Civil Aviation Ministry spokesperson said.
The Standing Committee had, among several things, recommended that AERA should be empowered to decide on both aeronautical and non-aeronautical services tariffs and the fuel supply infrastructure at airports should be brought under its purview.
Besides, it wanted the authority’s functions to cover all airports across the country, irrespective of size or ownership.