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New ATC system at Nagpur can save 1.28 crore litres aviation fuel

Under the new ATC system, flights are taking direct route and there is no deviation from path which ultimately helps in reducing flight timing and saving fuel to the tune of 1.28 crore litres per year

Nagpur: About 600 nautical miles around Nagpur is now safe from mid-air mishaps, thanks to the new Air Traffic Control (ATC) automation system 'Indra' at the international airport at Nagpur, which will also help saving up to 1.28 crore litres of aviation fuel every year, top airport officials said.

The Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport is the first to rationalise the new ATC Automation System imported from Spanish company Indra, among the 38 airports in the country, which are also installing the system commissioned in last February.

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) recently made it operational at Nagpur. Following this, Bhopal and Hyderabad airport radars have been integrated with the airport here, Ashok Kumar Verma, Airport Director, Nagpur told PTI.

Also, Jharsugada and Ahmedabad will be integrated very soon, Mr Verma said adding that the new system has enabled reduction of human errors, enhanced capacity and reduced carbon footprint.

Under the new system, flights are taking direct route and there is no deviation from path which ultimately helps in reducing flight timing and saving fuel to the tune of 1.28 crore litres per year, he said.

Besides, an ATC can locate any aircraft once it enters the jurisdiction and can direct the pilots to ascend in case the flight is losing height at a safe distance to avoid mid air collision. The enhanced safety nets include conflict alarms and minimum safe altitude warning alarm, Mr Verma added.

He said there are approximately 700 aircrafts movements per day from Europe, Middle East and Africa to South East and East Asia and most of the domestic traffic from North to South and East to West passes over Nagpur controlled airspace.

Maintaining a safe and expeditious flow of traffic across Nagpur airspace is thus a tough task which the Nagpur ATC is handling.

Mr Verma said the news system is already operational in 138 countries in the world. Besides, the new system will enable the airplanes to reduce the flight timing of 1064 hours in a span of a year and save flying distance of 5,10635 nautical miles.

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TRAI concedes to broadcasters' demand, bars 'placement fee'

Every multi-system operator (has) to display, in his electronic programme guide, all the channels offered by him, in the same genre in which a particular channel has been indicated by the broadcaster and one channel shall appear in only one genre

New Delhi: Conceding to a major demand of broadcasters, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has barred multi-system operators (MSOs) from demanding 'placement fee' from channels in lieu of placing them in select slots, reports PTI.

In a statement, TRAI said it had issued amendments to the Interconnection Regulations which were earlier issued on 30th April, and applicable to digital addressable cable TV systems.

"Multi-system operator (are) not to demand any placement fee from the broadcaster," the TRAI statement said.

"Every multi-system operator (has) to display, in his electronic programme guide, all the channels offered by him, in the same genre in which a particular channel has been indicated by the broadcaster and one channel shall appear in only one genre," the statement added.

Broadcasters will also have to declare the genre of their channels, TRAI said in its statement. These genres may be either news and current affairs or infotainment or sports or kids or music or lifestyle or movies or religious/devotional or general entertainment (Hindi) or general entertainment (English) or general entertainment (regional language), it added.

By banning the placement fee, TRAI has accepted the demand of several leading broadcasters, who wanted the telecom regulator to take this step.

These channels had earlier protested TRAI's decision to allow MSOs to charge 'carriage fee'. Carriage fee is the money charged by MSOs and cable operators from broadcasters to carry their channel to the viewer, on their network.

The telecom regulator also tried to make the system under which carriage fee is charged more transparent, under its amended regulations.

TRAI specified that "the reference interconnect offer of a multi-system operator submitted to the Authority to contain the basis on which the carriage fee payable by the broadcaster has been determined."

The TRAI guidelines will be applicable to MSOs and channels which will switch over to providing digitalised cable services.

The government has planned to digitalise the cable service in four metros by 30th June, and in the rest of the country by December 2014.

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