Thursday, June 13, 2019

Will not let private agency take over Trivandrum airport: Pinarayi Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram: There seems to be no end to the tug of war over the privatisation of the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. In the latest development, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said the government will not let any private agency take over the airport. Trivandrum was among the six airports which went for bidding for privatisation.

On Thursday while responding to CPI MLA C Divakaran's 'call for attention' inside the assembly, Pinarayi Vijayan said the government has taken all necessary steps to defend centre's move to privatise the airport. The same has been informed to the centre as well.

Vijayan further went on to say that he will personally raise this issue with PM Narendra Modi during the NITI Ayog meeting on June 15.

Established in 1932, Trivandrum is the oldest airport in the state. The airport was first built along the beach side on 258.06 acres of land provided by the erstwhile travancore kingdom. Post independence more land was provided by the state government for further expansion. Currently efforts are underway to acquire 18 acres of land for modernisation of the airport.

Soon after the centre decided to float the airport for privatisation bidding, the state government has raised objection. The government had also requested the centre to handover the airport to the state for further development. The state government had pointed out Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) model which is a successful example of Public Private Partnership(PPP). CIAL was the first airport in the country to develop under PPP model.
13/06/19 P S Gopikrishnan Unnithan/India Today

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