A technical committee, headed by DGCA's Joint Director General Lalit Gupta, was set up two days after a meeting DGCA's new chief Prabhat Kumar had with representatives of all airlines, airport operators and other stakeholders on Tuesday.

The main term of reference of the 10-member panel would be to make Delhi a zero diversionary airport without compromising on safety of aircraft operations, according to the order issued by Kumar on Thursday. The committee has been asked to submit its report by March 31.

The committee, which would include representatives of the met department, Airports Authority of India, Delhi International Airport Limited, air traffic control and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, would also prepare a comprehensive document on low visibility operations defining duties and responsibilities of all the stakeholders, the order said.

It would also look into specific issues pertaining to international operations and the modalities to deal with passengers stranded due to fog.

Over 300 flights have been cancelled due to fog since December 17 last year, including 119 flights on a single day late last week.

The meeting on Tuesday reviewed the deployment of pilots, trained to operate the Instrument Landing System under Category III when the runway visibility range (RVR) of around 75 metres. Under CAT-II and CAT-I conditions, the RVR is around 200 metres and 550 metres respectively.

(Agencies)

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