Friday, December 13, 2019

MoS scotches rumour of def min taking over Begumpet airport

Hyderabad: The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Thursday told the Lok Sabha that there was no proposal to hand over Begumpet airport land to the defence ministry.
MoS (Civil Aviation) Hardeep Singh Puri informed the Lok Sabha that the airport would not be given to the ministry. He was replying to a question by TRS MPs K Prabhakar Reddy and B Venkatesh Netha.“Begumpet airport was closed for commercial operations in compliance with the concession agreement between Ministry of Civil Aviation and Hyderabad International Airport Limited. The agreement says that Begumpet airport shall not be open or available for commercial and civil aviation operations once Shamshabad airport is opened. As per the exclusivity clause of the concession agreement, no new or existing airport shall be permitted by the government of India to be developed or improved or upgraded into an international or domestic airport within an aerial distance of 150 kilometres of Shamshabad airport. This rule will be applicable for 75 years since the date of opening of the airport,” Hardeep Singh said. TRS MPs took up the issue as there were reports the Air Force may take over Begumpet airport.
13/12/19 U Sudhakar Reddy/Times of India

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