Tuesday, December 26, 2006

DP World plans second airport near Kolkata

Kolkata: DP World (formerly known as Dubai Ports) is keen on setting up a greenfield airport in West Bengal near Kolkata, which is a long standing demand of the ruling Left Front government.
The global port giant, which operates 19 terminals worldwide, could invest up to Rs 12,000 crore in the greenfield airport. The firm of Consulting Engineering Services (CES) is now doing the feasibility study of a second airport near Kolkata and is likely to submit its report soon.
It may be noted Dubai Ports took over UK-based port operator P&O Ports last year in a global deal. However, the deal later created furore in United States as P&O operates a few terminals in the US also.
A few US Senators also demanded cancellation of licence of P&O terminals following the change in ownership.
22/12/06 Udit Prasanna Mukherji/Business Standard
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