Ker­ala CM’s plea against move to lease out air­ports

The Hindu Business Line - - NEWS -

Ker­ala Chief Min­is­ter Pi­narayi Vi­jayan on Fri­day ap­pealed to the Cen­tre to re­con­sider its de­ci­sion to lease out six air­ports, in­clud­ing Thiru­vanan­tha­pu­ram, for op­er­a­tion, man­age­ment and devel­op­ment un­der the Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP).

The Union Cab­i­net took this de­ci­sion stat­ing that it would in­crease ef­fi­ciency and rev­enue and bring in more in­vest­ments. But by keep­ing them in the pub­lic sec­tor, the air­ports can be de­vel­oped and also at­tract in­vest­ments, Vi­jayan said in a Face­book post.

The de­ci­sion has come at a time when the State gov­ern­ment was go­ing ahead with steps to ac­quire 18 acres for the devel­op­ment of the Thiru­vanan­tha­pu­ram air­port, the first to come up in the State, he said, adding the move was “to­tally dis­ap­point­ing.”

Al­leg­ing that the Cen­tre was try­ing to fully pri­va­tise the civil avi­a­tion sec­tor in phases, Vi­jayan said this was against na­tional in­ter­est and the gov­ern­ment should with­draw from such a move.

The Union Cab­i­net on Thurs­day ap­proved a pro­posal to man­age Ahmed­abad, Jaipur, Luc­know, Guwa­hati, Man­galuru be­sides Thiru­vanan­tha­pu­ram un­der PPP mode. air­ports

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