Agartala, May 23 : Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb today welcomed the Centre's move to implement efficient air space management plan as part of post-covid economic stimulus package and said the country will not only save money also, reduce the upper air pollution due to burning of aviation turbine fuel (ATF). Talking to newspersons, Deb said the Central government has estimated an economic revamp package of Rs 20 lakh crore for rebooting India’s economy in Covid pandemic situation from where Tripura is expected to get a benefit of Rs 4802.88 Cr that would boost agriculture and allied sector and medium and small scale industries.
He said, “Efficient air space management is an important component of the Atma Nirbhar Bharat package, which indicated to put restrictions on utilisation of air space and it will be eased so that civilian flying becomes more efficient. This will bring an estimated benefit of Rs1,000 crore per year for the aviation sector. Also, lead to optimal utilization of airspace; reduction in fuel use and time will have positive environmental impact and provide safety in the air travel”.
Under the scheme, ministry of civil aviation will redesign the flight routes to reduce the flying distance from the existing aero-routes, which will benefit the traveller in terms of fare and journey time as well as reduce the consumption of ATF, thereby saving the aviation companies, Deb stated adding that in the entire process the level of emission from aviation sector would fall down drastically and substantially contribute in carbon economy. According to aviation officials, the Ministry of Civil Aviation two years ago had thought to apportion the Indian airspace into two categories to ensure focused monitoring by Air Traffic Controllers but somehow it could not take place.
The economic slow down due to Covid pandemic has pushed the issue and soon the matter will be taken care of. They said airspace that commercial airliners use is between zero and 46,000 feet and under the new scheme it will be divided into lower airspace (up to 29,000 feet), and upper airspace (between 29,000 feet and 46,000 feet). This move will help in better monitoring of aircraft movement and improve the efficiency of Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) and make skies safer in the world’s highest expanding market. (UNI)