This week, on a visit to the aviation safety regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation, which has been thoroughly ignored by the aviation ministry all these years, it appears things are changing gradually.
1. The new chairs being rolled in for staff (above).
2. Fresh coast of paint in several departments, with air conditioners working. Corporate styled cabins have also been installed.
3. The new chief Arun Mishra seems to be taking everyone along with him instead of working through only one DGCA officer, as in the past. Seniority is respected. This means less bad blood among senior officers and reduction in infighting and thereby stalling of work to some extent.
4. Washroom has been upgraded (thank god for small mercies. Hopefully it will be extended to all the washrooms in DGCA.
5. New computers were spotted and interned speed was much faster. A single window clearance for all the pilots and crew is still not implemented though.
"The negativity of the past few years and the whole drama that happened has been put to rest atleast," said one DGCA official referring to the sudden removal of former DG and allegations and counter allegations.
If anyone of you goes to the DGCA, do you also notice change? Drop a comment.