Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft operating in India grounded

All Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft operating in India grounded today: DGCA

All Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft operating in the country would be grounded by 4 p.m. on Wednesday as per the decision taken by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday night, a senior official of the aviation watchdog told PTI.

The decision comes days after a 737 MAX 8 aircraft of the Ethiopian Airlines crashed near Addis Ababa, killing 157 people, including four Indians. SpiceJet has around 12 such aircraft in its fleet. Jet Airways five, which have been grounded already.

A Jet Airways Boeing 737 on the tarmac at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad. File photo

In a statement on Wednesday, SpiceJet said,” SpiceJet has suspended Boeing 737 Max operations following the DGCA’s decision to ground the aircraft. Safety and security of our passengers, crew and operations are of utmost importance to us and we will be working with the regulator and the manufacturer to attain normalcy in our operations. We are confident of accommodating the vast majority of our passengers and minimise inconvenience.”

The decision comes days after a 737 MAX 8 aircraft of the Ethiopian Airlines crashed near Addis Ababa, killing 157 people, including four Indians. SpiceJet has around 12 such aircraft in its fleet. Jet Airways five, which have been grounded already. In a statement on Wednesday, SpiceJet said,” SpiceJet has suspended Boeing 737 Max operations following the DGCA’s decision to ground the aircraft. Safety and security of our passengers, crew and operations are of utmost importance to us and we will be working with the regulator and the manufacturer to attain normalcy in our operations. We are confident of accommodating the vast majority of our passengers and minimise inconvenience.”

Second such crash

The Ethiopian Airlines incident on Sunday was the second such crash involving a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in less than five months. In October last, an aircraft operated by Lion Air crashed, killing over 180 people in Indonesia.

The European Union and many other countries across the world have already banned the use of the 737 Max 8 aircraft in their respective airspace.

-PTI, NEW DELHI , MARCH 13, 2019

Gadkari seek US help to build smart transport systems

Gadkari seek US help to build smart transport systems

Nitin Gadkari seeks US cooperation in innovative technologies in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) with its policy shift from ‘Build Roads’ to ‘Move in India’ with special emphasis on efficiency and improving logistics.
This will be high on the agenda of Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari when he meets US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx here on Monday.
He will also seek US cooperation in areas of project highways, material, equipment, tunnel projects, road safety initiatives and training institutes and equipment like training simulators.
Gadkari, according to an official accompanying him, will highlight the positive indicators contributing to the phenomenal revival of the roads and highways sector in India and brief Foxx about India’s leapfrog from Bharat Stage BSIV to BSVI emission norms by 2020.
Indian government’s particular emphasis on promoting alternative fuels for vehicles, utmost priority to reducing CO2 emission, notification of fuel efficiency norms for cars and heavy vehicles will also figure prominently in Gadkari’s talks with his counterpart.
Gadkari is scheduled to engage US infrastructure companies in a series of interactions organized by Indo-American Chambers, J P Morgan, Goldman Sachs and other business forums in Washington, New York and San Francisco.
He is expected to invite US industries to explore business opportunities in India including potential for investment in project highways, Bharatmala projects, asset recycling through Transfer-Operate-Transfer (TOT) model, tunnel projects and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).
Gadkari will appraise potential US investors of the fiscal incentives the Narendra Modi government has offered for the infrastructure sector, including 100 percent FDI through automatic route.
Other incentives include project land with ensured availability of right of way, capital grant up to 40 percent of project cost to enhance viability on a case to case basis provided by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the government of India
There is also 100 percent tax exemption for 5 years and 30 percent relief for next 5 years, which may be availed of in 20 years and duty free import of specified modern high capacity construction equipment facilitated.
Gadkari has envisaged around $150 billion investments for the highways sector in the next five years with a range of projects to suit each investor’s risk and return expectations.
He will also give a talk Monday on “A window into India’s Infrastructure Development “organized by Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank.
-11 July 2016 | IANS | Washington