Friday, August 21, 2020

Privatisation of Thiruvananthapuram airport: Ker govt calls all-party meeting

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Thursday called an all-party-meeting to discuss and protest against the Centre''s decision to hand over of the management and operation of the Thiruvananthapuram airport to the Adani group.
The meeting called byChief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will be held at 4 pm today and will be through video conferencing, a statement from the CMO said.

The Union Cabinet had on Wednesday approved the proposal for leasing out airports at Jaipur, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram through public-private partnership (PPP).

Adani Enterprises had won the rights to run six airports -- Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, and Guwahati -- through the PPP model after a competitive bidding process in February 2019.

Vijayan has already writtento Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention and to reconsider the decision as it would be "difficult" for the state to cooperate.

The State''srepeated requests to entrust the airport management with the special purpose vehicle (SPV) in which the state governmentis the major stakeholder was also ignored, Vijayan had stated.

"In view of the unilateral decision taken by the Government of India without giving credence to the cogent arguments put forward by the State government, it will be difficult for us to offer cooperation to the implementation of the decision, which is against the wishes of the people of the State," Vijayan said in the letter.
20/08/20 PTI/Outlook
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