Friday, September 11, 2015

Airport Privatisation Plan Still on Radar

Hyderabad: Refuting reports on scrapping privatisation plan of four airports, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister for Civil Aviation, said the proposal was very much under consideration.

“Nobody has scrapped anything. The world is open. Everybody is functioning. The Government is functioning. We want to grow economically. Where we see economic opportunity, we will grow. Our thrust will be employment opportunities for Indian people,” he said.
He was speaking to media after inaugurating Pratt & Whitney’s customer training centre here on Thursday.
It may be noted that the Airports Authority of India had called for Request for Qualification documents for undertaking the operation, management and development of the four airports — Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Jaipur — through a public-private partnership (PPP) model.

The last date for submitting RFQs ended on August 31, but much before the deadline, there were news reports citing aviation ministry officials indicating Union government’s intent to scrap the proposal to privatise the four airports in question.

Raju declined to give any further details but added that the ministry was against restrictive policies that hamper the sector’s growth.
11/09/15 Indian Express
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