After army truck controversy, Vectra faces trouble in the air
Centre terminates licence given to company's aviation wing Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd that operates helicopter services at Vaishno Devi and during Amarnath Yatra
The Ravi Rishi-led Vectra group, which is already facing a CBI investigation into the alleged supply of substandard trucks to the armed forces, received a double blow yesterday, with both ministry of home affairs (MHA) and civil aviation ministry terminating licence awarded to its aviation wing Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd.
The decision related to discontinuation of security clearance by MHA was the first bit of bad news for Vectra yesterday afternoon, followed by the rap from civil aviation ministry, which decided to annul the non-scheduled operator permit (NSOP) of the company. Speaking to MiD DAY, a senior MHA official confirmed that the security clearance to Global Vectra Helicorp Limited has been withdrawn. “After a series of consultations, we have decided to withdraw the security clearance given to Global Vectra Helicorp for an indefinite period. Copy of the order has already been sent to civil aviation ministry,” he quipped.
A top civil aviation ministry official also confirmed to this newspaper that after MHA’s decision, directions have been sent to civil aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), to withdraw the NSOP of Global Vectra Helicorp Limited. “Guidelines have been sent to DGCA to terminate the NSOP of GVHL,” said the official.
Global Vectra Helicorp, with a fleet of 23 choppers, is one of the largest helicopter service providers in India. Apart from handling major operations for the oil and gas sector in Bombay High, the company also flies at the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi and for the Amarnath Yatra. However, in a press statement, Vectra spokesperson Benedicte Meyssan ruled out any such developments.
“With great surprise we have seen today’s news on a TV channel regarding GVHL’s security clearance. We wish to state that GVHL has not received any information or communication from the ministry of civil aviation, DGCA, or from any other authority, that the security clearance of this company has been withdrawn. We are presently investigating this news item and we will supply further information at a later stage. GVHL is a public listed company and all our offshore and onshore operations are continuing normally as per schedule,” she said.