Pvt firms to set up flying schools in Haryana

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Chandigarh, May 28 (UNI) The Haryana government has decided to rope in private firms to set up civil aviation schools on Pinjore, Karnal, Bhiwani and Narnaul airstrips.

Power Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala, who heads the state government's committee on civil aviation, told reporters here that expression of interest (EoI) would be issued shortly in this regard.

He said the government had decided to fix rates for operation of private flying training academies. Annual licence fee would be Rs ten lakh and operation charges Rs 8,000 per month per aircraft below 5,700 kg. It would be Rs 10,000 per month per aircraft above 5700 kg.

Charges for built up hanger/office space would be Rs 500 per square meter per annum; charges for land leased for erection of hanger/class rooms etc to private parties would be Rs 100 per square metres per annum for undeveloped land.

A performance bank guarantee of Rs ten lakh would have to be given by the selected party, which would be discharged if the operator started flying training operations within a period of six months. A sum of Rs 10,000 would be charged for EOI documents and Rs 25,000 for scrutiny and processing of the documents.

The government expected that 28 to 30 aircrafts of single engine and multi engines would be available for flying training on the aforementioned airstrips. These would be in addition to the four aircrafts of Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation (HICA) available at Hisar airstrip, which is not yet offered.

Mr Surjewala said 20 per cent of the total seats offered by private operators would be reserved for Haryana domiciles.

Airstrips would be offered for an initial period of ten years, extendable by another five years by mutual consent of state of Haryana and the operator.

Parties getting preferential treatment would pay only Rs five lakh as performance bank guarantee as against Rs ten lakh for all others. Such parties would also pay 50 per cent of the aircraft operational charges.

He said if more than one operator was to bid for a licence at an airstrip, financial bids would be invited and highest bid would be the criteria for selection, provided other things were equal.

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