Airport gets a breather again

Centre fails to take a call on handing over Thiruvananthapuram airport to AEL

The Union government has again failed to take a call on the handing over of the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport to Adani Enterprises Ltd. (AEL) of Adani Group that has won bid to manage and operate the premier airport for 50 years.

The three-month extended validity of the bids floated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the privatisation of the non-metro airport ended on Thursday. The Centre has also not taken a decision on the handing over of the Guwahati and Jaipur airports to AEL.

Although there is no official confirmation, it is learnt that the AAI has again extended the validity of the bids by another three months to buy time to make a decision and in view of the cases pending in the Kerala High Court on the privatisation issue. The AAI office in Thiruvananthapuram nor the Stare is yet to get a clear picture on the way forward.

In July, the AAI had sought the nod of all the three bidders — AEL, GMR, and Thiruvananthapuram International Airport Ltd. (TIAL) — floated by the Kerala government to extend validity of the bids by another three months till October 31.

The State has fought tooth and nail against the move to hand over the premier airport to AEL and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi to retain the airport in the public sector and to run it on the lines of CIAL and KIAL.

Company floated

The Adani Group that is behind the ambitious Vizhinjam international deepwater seaport has floated the Adani Trivandrum International Airport Ltd., spelling out the group’s intention clear after keeping a studied silence after bagging the bid.

The Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs has been informed of floating the company. The new company has been incorporated at the Registrar of Companies in Ahmedabad with three directors — Gautam Adani, Sushil Joshi, and A.J. Somani.

Meanwhile, the strike by the AAI employees’ union against the handing over of the AAI-managed airport to the Adani Group has crossed 336 days.

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Printable version | Feb 23, 2020 5:44:28 PM |

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