Tuesday, December 25, 2018

No change in airport privatization plan, says min

Thiruvananthapuram: With state government expressing its willingness to participate in the airport privatisation bid and airport authority employees protesting against the move, the Union ministry of civil aviation said that it would go ahead with its proposed plan.
Replying to a question raised by MPs KC Venugopal, NK Premachandran, CN Jayadevan, Ponnusamy Venugopal (TN), Vasanthi M (TN), Renuka Butta (Andhra Pradesh) and Tej Pratap Singh Yadav (UP) in Lok Sabha, minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha said the privatisation of six airports – Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru – on a PPP basis would move ahead.

“Government of India has accorded an in-principle approval to give six airports of Airports Authority of India (AAI) on lease Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru airports under PPP mode through public private partnership appraisal committee (PPPAC). An empowered group of secretaries (EGoS) has been constituted under the chairmanship of Niti Aayog CEO to decide on any issue falling beyond the scope of PPPAC.” said Jayant Sinha.

Questions were also raised on the hike in airport charges after outsourcing the airports to private companies.
Mentioning the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA), Sinha said the authority reviewed the performance of all major airports from time to time and issued orders keeping in view the economic viability of airports and interest of passengers.
24/12/18 Anasooya S/Times of India
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