The aviation regulatory body, Directorate General of Civil Aviation in an advisory has directed the airlines that the pilots need to make in-flight announcements about the important monuments enroute the flight.

This is being done to increase the awareness about the cultural heritage of the nation.

Announcements in local language would be in addition to the ones made in Hindi and English, according to the DGCA advisory.

Goa Forward Party’s(GFP) minister Vijai Sardesai said, his party workers should not allow airlines to operate at the Dabolim airport if announcements are not made in the local Konkani language. The state has lone airport at Dabolim in south Goa. Konkani is the official language of the coastal state. “Blacking out Konkani at the Goa airport is unacceptable and we should project our language first,” said Sardesai on December 22.

The DGCA however clarified in its Thursday advisory that airlines may make the above mentioned additions in the in-flight announcements without compromising on safety measures or core job functions of crew members. “It is made clear that the above announcements be made without compromising safety of operations at any stage,” the advisory said. A circular was issued by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) directing the airports under its control to make public announcements in the local language followed by Hindi and English.

There are more than 100 operational airports in India. “To enhance awareness about cultural heritage of India, pilot can make in-flight announcement about the important monument or site (such as the Taj Mahal, the Konark Temple, the Ajanta Ellora, the Statue of Unity etc.), which are enroute the flight,” said the DGCA advisory on Thursday. 

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