Civil aviation minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju has asked the Maharashtra government to give a time line when it will reduce taxes on aviation turbine fuel and aeronautical components in the state.
Raju held a meeting with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to review the progress of various airport related works in the state.
"Taxation is impediment to the growth of aviation. We have identified the issues and are addressing them. We have sought time lines from the state on implementation," Raju told media persons today.
Apart from state value added tax goods entering into Mumbai are charged octroi too and airlines and aviation companies find their costs increasing as a result. States should take aviation friendly measures, he added.
He stated that the civil aviation ministry had already taken up the issue of waiver of taxes on maintenance repair and over haul units (MRO) with the finance ministry and is expecting a positive response.
"Earlier we have discussed issues regarding Navi Mumbai airport too and I have asked the state to prepare a plan for transport linkage between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai airports. That is essential," he said.
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