Plan panel against setting up of regulator for airports

In a move that could pose hurdles for the proposed Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA), the Planning Commission has opposed creation of separate regulator for airports. The plan panel has suggested that the functions of Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP) can be extended to cover airports as well.

The civil aviation ministry is planning to establish AERA as an inde-pendent regulator to set tariffs for major airports. The airports regulator is supposed to ensure maintenance of pre-set standards at major airports attracting annual passenger traffic of more than 15 lakh. AERA Bill 2006 is scheduled to be tabled in Parliament during the budget session.

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