The Rajya Sabha Tuesday cleared the Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which proposes to increase the penalty for lapses and violations of airline norms from the existing Rs 10 lakh to Rs 1 crore and a jail term of up to two years.
The offences include carrying arms, explosives, or other dangerous goods aboard aircraft, contravening any rules notified under the Act, and constructing buildings or structures within the specified radius around an aerodrome reference point.
The new legislation is expected to go a long way in securing the safety of aircraft operations in India, in line with internationally accepted standards, procedures and practices laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
Speaking on the bill in the Rajya Sabha, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri said the last time the penalties were revised was in 2007.
The amendments will further give power to the government to have supervisory control on the standards of airport, communication, navigation and surveillance and air traffic management facilities.