Civil aviation outlay at Rs12,164.76 crore

The union budget for 2009-10 has proposed a total plan outlay of Rs12,164.76 crore for the ministry of civil aviation with Rs190 crore as budgetary support.

From the budgetary support, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been provided with Rs99.15 crore for development of airports from which Rs20 crore has been earmarked for the development of airports in the north-eastern states and the balanced amount of Rs79.15 crore for development of airports in other crucial areas like Jammu, Srinagar, Aggatti, Puducherry airport etc.

A budgetary support of Rs50 crore has been provided to the Director General of Civil Aviation and a provision of Rs14 crore for the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security to pursue their plan schemes.

A provision of Rs10 crore has been made for Pawan Hans Helicopters for heliport in NCR/Delhi in order to facilitate the Commonwealth Games and also to provide for disaster management / mitigation measures.

The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uraan Akademi and Aeroclub of India have been provided grants-in-aid of Rs8 crore and Rs5 crore respectively.

Last year's budget had outlayed Rs10,031 crore and a revised outlay of Rs7,490.06 crore in 2008-09.

The abolition of fringe benefit tax is a welcome news for the industry as it will save expenditure on hotel accommodation for the crew staff.

National Aviation Company of India, the merged entity of Air India and Indian, was not provided budgetary support. The company will therefore meet its Rs8,165 crore investment through internal and extra budgetary resources.