Sunday, August 23, 2020

Thiruvananthapuram airport privatisation: Tharoor sticks to stand; says it will expand potential

Unfazed by criticism over his stand favouring Centre's decision to lease out the airport here
to Adani Enterprises, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said on Saturday privatisation
would help expand its potential and attract investors. The congress MP had faced flak not
only from the Left parties but even from his own party for his stand favouring privatisation of
the Trivandrum airport.
"Dear @drthomasisaac, thanks4yr thoughtful criticism of my stand on TvmAirport. I think you
miss the point, which is not about revenue. It is about expanding the potential of the airport to
its fullest, there by providing a better facility to businesses & locals & attracting investors,"
Tharoor tweeted on Saturday in reply to a tweet by state Finance Minister Thomas Isaac.
Isaac had earlier tweeted that Tharoor was "vocal for primitive accumulation of corporates in
contemporary India."
"...Tharoor is so eloquent against primitive accumulation of British in India but so vocal for
primitive accumulation of corporates in contemporary India.
When we have successful model of CIAL in Kochi why does Tharoor consider Adani is
indispensable for TVM? #airportprivatisation. "Thiruvananthapuram airport privatised to Adani
rejecting the claim of Kerala govt, even after offer to match Adanis rate.PMOs promise to
accept Kerala proposal broken.
People of Kerala will not accept this act of brazen cronyism.#Airportprivatisation," Isaac had
tweeted on August 20.
Tharoor in his tweet today said the Airport Authority of India receives Rs 2,500 crore yearly.
"But since you mention revenue, in Delhi airport, @GMR agreed to give 46% revenue share
to@AAI_Official, a huge amount the Govt had never made before.
Today for Mumbai and Delhi airports, AAI gets 2500 crores yearly.
And for Thiruvananthapuram, there are the additional benefits of attracting businesses to our
city that are now deterred by our poor (& worsening) air connectivity.
The spinoff benefits in employment & income generation will also increase the state govt's
tax revenues," Tharoor said.
22/08/20 PTI/Deccan Herald
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