Monday, September 11, 2017

Ram Charan’s Turbo Megha to bag Dagadarthi airport works?

Nellore: A top official from the state government had announced its inability to take up the much-awaited Greenfield airport at Dagadarthi some time ago. People believed it and there were some protests too on the decision. But, amusingly, the issue came up within a couple of months at state government level where an aviation group had moved proposals to bag the development works that are now at approval level.
Now, analysts opine that the state government had played a mind game pretending to shelve Dagadarthi airport, but works of the project have reportedly been okayed to Turbo Megha group owned by Tollywood actor Ram Charan. Sources in the state government said the group bagged the works for development keeping good revenue from cargo business in view. It may be recalled that Turbo Megha group runs Truejet Airlines.

Principal Secretary of Infrastructure and Investments Ajay Jain had said here on May 18 that they had dropped the proposal and considering it in some other district owing to local issues saying there was no cooperation from the local farmers who demanded huge compensation for lands. Hence, he said, they had dropped the idea due to budget constraints even though around Rs. 20 crore was spent on land acquisition process.
“The highest bidder was the Turbo Megha group and the proposals were placed before the Cabinet for approval. The concerned Minister will announce the decision according to the government’s plans,” said Ajay Jain talking to the Hans India.
In fact, Bhogapuram International Airport Corporation Limited (BIACL) had received only two bids in which Ram Charan’s group was one among them which offered the highest amount. There would be no hurdles for approvals to the group since it was highest bidder, according to sources.

“Why the senior officials of the state government had initially announced shelving the airport proposals and then proceeded with the bids? It seems some kind of ‘management’ at government level transpired which was in favour of a group related to Pawan Kalyan. How can we expect integrity from the Government,” said a senior leader from the YSR Congress.
10/09/17 Hans India

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