The new system is expected to be in place by March next year, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said in reply to a question. "Airports Authority of India has initiated a process with scheduled commencement in March 2016 for installation of Central Air Traffic Flow Management (C-AFTM) in India," Sharma said.

He cited that the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the first phase of the project has been awarded with a total estimated cost of Rs 107 crore.

The new mechanism is aimed at balancing the demand and  capacity at airports and airspace, the minister said, adding "There is no implication on navigational facilities at Indianairports."

Replying to another question, the minister said that the GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system has been jointly developed by AAI and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

"The C-AFTM and GAGAN are used for different functions. Hence, the purchase of instruments from the same vendour is not warranted," he added.

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