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The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Aviation on Monday proposed that the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) be authorized to declare a maximum height for the construction of high-rise buildings around airports.
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 6th Mar, 2023 ) :The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Aviation on Monday suggested that the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) be authorized to declare a maximum height for the construction of high-rise buildings around airports.
MNA Syed Mobeen Ahmed, chairman of the committee, said that despite the relocation of airports from residential areas, obstacles to air operations still persisted.
The construction of housing societies around airports had created a dangerous environment that jeopardized the safety of passengers and crew, he added.
The committee was told that this responsibility was previously entrusted to the development authorities of the respective regions under the policy of ‘single window operation’.
The committee believed that restoring the authority of the Civil Aviation Authority would help prevent future hazards and ensure the safety of all involved in aviation operations. It called for a formal report from the Civil Aviation Authority on the illegalities taking place in the funnel areas.
The areas around the airports were critical for air operations and any illegal activity taking place there could pose a significant security risk, the members said, adding that the forum was committed to improving aviation operations in Pakistan and ensuring the safety of all involved.
“We urge all relevant authorities to act swiftly on these recommendations to address the dangers around airports,” they said.
Expressing concern over the alleged misbehavior of PIA officials towards distinguished MPs at the airports, the committee members stressed that if MPs were not shown due respect, how could common citizens be treated with dignity.
Inquiring into the issues faced by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft, the committee received reports from citizens regarding the safety of their aircraft.
In response, the Deputy Director General (Regulation), Civil Aviation Authority briefed the committee on recent developments, including the grounding of four aircraft due to PIA’s alleged failure to obtain an airworthiness certificate.
The committee said that the committee is deeply concerned about the air crashes in Pakistan and is actively investigating to determine responsibility for these tragic incidents.
The chairman of the commission admitted that the public was not happy with the crash reports and demanded more transparency in accountability.
The committee felt that safety is paramount and urged all relevant authorities to take swift action to ensure the safety of all air passengers in Pakistan. “We will continue to work diligently to address these concerns and demand accountability for any negligence that may have led to this tragedy,” the partners said.
The CAA has asked the committee to revive the pending legislation that was submitted to Congress that aims to separate these two roles.
The Civil Aviation Authority has informed the committee of a surplus of Rs 41 billion for the financial year 2021-2022, the highest ever recorded by the agency. However, the Deputy DG CAA expressed concern over the addition of Rs 50 billion in income tax on unclaimed PIA, which accumulated to Rs 150 billion.
The committee expressed serious concern about the underemployment of pilots at the airline. The civil aviation authority announced its engagement with the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) to revive PIA flights to European destinations.