Sunday, December 17, 2017

Activists ask Airports Authority of India to take control of Surat airport

Surat: Airport activists in the Diamond City have demanded that Airports Authority of India (AAI) take control of Surat airport and relieve Gujarat government from spending money on electricity, water charges and security arrangements.
They stated that Gujarat government and AAI had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for developing and upgrading the facilities at Surat airport in 2003.
As per the MoU, Gujarat government had agreed upon providing requisite land for airport expansion, electricity, water supply and security personnel, provided that the airport facilities were developed within two years.
Even after 17 years of the signing of the MoU and infrastructure development at the airport, Gujarat government is still paying for electricity, water and security personnel. On the other hand, AAI is taking home all the revenue earned from Surat airport.
We Work For A Working Airport at Surat (WWWAS) member Sanjay Jain told TOI, "We just want to make aware Gujarat government about the MoU signed in 2003. For 14 years, the state government has been paying for electricity, water and security personnel and not earning a single penny from the airport that is now developed with requisite infrastructure and operates more than 20 flights daily."
17/12/17 Times of India