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May 11, 2012, 03.22 PM IST | Source: PTI

No DGCA order to ground MP govt aircraft received: Official

No DGCA order to ground MP govt aircraft received: Official

Bhopal, May 11 (PTI) The Madhya Pradesh government has not yet received any communication from civil aviation regulator DGCA asking it to ground its entire fleet, a top state official said today. "Our aircraft are operating normally and we have not received any orders from DGCA to stop operations of our aircraft," Manoj Shrivastava, Principal Secretary (Aviation), told PTI. In fact, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today left for Delhi in a state government plane, he said. DGCA had last month raised some queries about the operation of the government's fleet. All the questions had been answered satisfactorily, he said. As of now there is no order from anywhere to ground the fleet of two airplanes and as many helicopters, Shrivastava said. Yesterday, there were reports that Directorate General of Civil Aviation had grounded the entire fleet of Madhya Pradesh government for "serious violation of safety norms". The action came after the DGCA carried out safety audit of the state government's fleet of two airplanes and two helicopters and its separate aviation department. This was part of a process of audits DGCA is currently carrying out in 24 states and state-run entities like Coal India and ONGC which have such departments and aircraft. PTI AS RSY

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