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HC notice on development fee for air passengers

Thursday, May 14, 2009 (10:02:21) Tags: Judiciary, High Court, India New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the government and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to explain why every air passenger at the airport here was forced to pay development fee. The court was hearing a public interest petition by the Resources of Aviation Redressal Association, which has sought a stay on charging development fees from the passengers. A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Neeraj Kishan Kaul asked the government and AAI to file their replies by July 8, the next date of hearing. In March, the government asked all airlines flying out of Delhi to collect development fee from the passengers while issuing air tickets, and not when they are checking in at the airport. The development fee is then remitted to Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), the developer of the Indira Gandhi International Airport here. The government had allowed DIAL to charge Rs.200 from every domestic passengers and Rs.1, 300 from each of those going abroad as access development charges from March 1. The petitioner pleaded before the court that these charges are illegal and unconstitutional as the airport is still not ready. (IANS)