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NEW DELHI: The Cen­tral gov­ern­ment wor­ried with in­creas­ing re­ports of air­ports and air­lines break­ing norms, de­liv­er­ing poor ser­vices has planned to tighten its rules. The gov­ern­ment is look­ing to em­power DGCA so that it can levy heavy fines on er­rant air­ports and air­lines, ac­cord­ing to Zee Busi­ness sources.

The new rules will be no­ti­fied soon which will give air­line reg­u­la­tor DGCA more teeth to ef­fec­tively clip wings of those who fail to toe the ac­cepted line. Gov­ern- ment is mulling heavy fines on air­lines and air­crafts for mis­be­hav­ing with pas­sen­gers, giv­ing poor ser­vices and for bla­tant vi­o­la­tion of norms.

At present, DGCA has the power to even sus­pend li­cense but it hasn't taken any ex­treme steps. Even in the much talked about case of an Indigo staffer poorly be­hav­ing with a pas­sen­ger, DGCA had essen­tially let them get off with a warn­ing. Hence harsh fines as a de­ter­rent are now be­ing thought of.

The ex­act amount is yet to be sorted out but it can start from Rs 5 lakhs for the first vi­o­la­tion and be dou­ble and more for sub­se­quent trans­gres­sions.

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