Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Warring Kerala fronts unite against airport privatisation

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala assembly passed a unanimous resolution on Monday, urging the Centre to reconsider its decision on leasing out the Trivandrum International Airport to Adani Group and instead hand over the airport to a special purpose vehicle in which the state government has majority stake.

While presenting the resolution in the House, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state government has been opposing the move for the last two years to hand over the airport to private players. “I had written twice to the Prime Minister on this. The state government had also informed that it was ready to offer the amount quoted by the private player. However, all our pleas were ignored,” said Vijayan.
Sources in the government said the state is experienced in running airports successfully with public-private-partnership. The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) and Kannur International Airport Limites (KIAL) are examples, said the source, adding that the Centre has selected a bidder which has no experience in this field.
25/08/20 Times of India
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