Friday, August 18, 2017

Airport land: In big win for GMR, GVK, Supreme Court allows non-aero use, overturns rule in new aviation policy

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the benefits of a liberalised land development policy should also be given to existing developers of airports. The directive comes as a relief to the GMR group-led Delhi International Airport (DIAL) and the GVK-led Mumbai International Airport (MIAL). The apex court upheld an April decision by the Delhi High Court that allowed DIAL to commercially utilise airport land for non-aeronautical purposes while dismissing an appeal by the government. The bench was headed by justice J Chelameswar.
The Centre had challenged the HC order which held the National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 to be discriminatory and ‘violative of Article 14 (equality before law) of the Constitution’ for existing airport operators.
The 2016 policy, which came into effect on June 15 last year, saw the government increase options for non-aeronautical use of airport land by allowing more commercial exploitation for new developers but not for existing PPP players such as DIAL and MIAL. The list of activities included golf courses, business parks, high-tech parks, commercial office buildings, leisure facilities, amusement arcade, sports complex and shopping centres.
18/08/17 Financial Express

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