The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has given clearance for biometric-based entry and passage through security checkpoints and boarding at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA).
The Department Related Parliamentary Committee on Transport, Tourism, and Culture, in its report that was placed before both the Houses of the Parliament last week, has stated that the country’s regulatory authority for civil aviation security has given an in-principle nod to biometric-based entry and passage.
The committee in its 256th report on Issues related to improving consumers’ satisfaction of airlines, said, “BCAS has also given in-principle clearance for biometric-based entry and passage through security checkpoints and boarding at Bengaluru Airport.”
The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) that operates the airport has already issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) to vendors to implement the Aadhaar Enabled Entry and Biometric Boarding System at KIA.
BIAL has also conducted successful pilot trials for Aadhaar
enabled entry and biometric e-boarding process, which was successfully completed with live flights.As per the RFP issued in October 2017, Phase-1 of Aadhaar-enabled entry and biometric boarding system at KIA will go live by March, while the Phase-2 of the project covering all domestic airlines will go live by October.
Phase-3, which will cover all international airlines, will go live in December.
The deadline for completing the Aadhaar-enabled entry and biometric boarding system at KIA as per the RFP is December 31.
BIAL officials when asked about the BCAS clearance and headway made in the project so far said that “discussions are still underway for this project”.
Meanwhile, the committee has also asked all airports to go the Bengaluru way and fast-track the e-boarding facilities at airports across the country.
“The committee takes note of the steps taken by the airport operators to provide an e-boarding facility at certain airports to reduce waiting time for baggage check-in and security clearance. The committee desires that e-boarding facility is made available to passengers at all airports,” it said.
Phase-1 of Aadhaar-enabled entry and biometric boarding system at KIA will go live by March
A panchayat member, who allegedly possessed two voter identification cards from two places and used them to bag a site and house under a government housing scheme, was removed from the post after the allegation.
However, the High Court has said that the order removing him was made cryptically and was not sustainable. He has been reinstated.
Mahadev B is a member of the Byadarahalli gram panchayat, Mysuru. He was removed from the membership in May last year under the provisions of the Karnataka Gram Swaraj and Panchayat Raj Act. A show-cause notice was issued to him following a complaint and then removed for “misusing power and committing misconduct” by the Designated Additional Secretary of the Department of Rural Development.
Mahadev challenged it in the High Court which said that the order was passed without assigning details. “The said authority has merely said that the record has been perused and relevant documents and details are verified but the explanation given by the member is not reasonable and therefore, cannot be accepted,” the HC said.
The court noted there was no explanation in the order. “Having considered these submissions at the bar, this Court is of the opinion that the impugned order itself should have disclosed the reasons and consideration of the explanation and objections submitted by the petitioner, but from the aforesaid quoted impugned order, nothing of this sort appears to have been considered,” it said.
The court said that the order was against natural justice. “These are vague words to its core and do not make any sense at all. Such cryptic and non-speaking order especially while exercising the drastic powers of removal of members are not enough to sustain such orders and fall foul with the principles of natural justice,” it said. The HC said, “The production of such documents by the complainant here is of no significance at all, as it is incumbent upon the competent authority to consider all the relevant evidence in accordance with law and then assign the proper reasons before passing orders.”
How the move can help passengers
* No need for passengers to show paper ticket/ boarding pass and physical ID document at multiple checkpoints in the airport since biometrics will be used for identification
* This system provides seamless access to all the checkpoints at the airport and reduces queue waiting times
* The Aadhaar-based* process enables a passenger to be verified in less than 5 seconds at every checkpoint right up to the boarding gate, completing the screening process in 10 minutes, compared to the average 25 minutes.
Source Bangalore mirror