Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 28 : Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention to stop the handing over of the International Airport here to the Adani Group.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan demanded urgent steps to handover the Airport to a special company formed under Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) by the Kerala Government.
The State, which is successfully managing and operating the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), could manage and operate the International Airport here also, he added. The people here are against the handing over of the airport to Adani Group as part of the privatisation of Airports in the country, he claimed.
As the people are against Adani Group taking over the Airport, it will be difficult for the State Government to support them which could affect the functioning of the Airport, he added. The Chief Minister came openly against the Centre's move after the Adani Group won the bid to operate the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport along with four other airports in the country.
The Adani Group won the bid for operation of five out of six airports which were placed for privatisation by the Union Government.
"We are delighted to foray into the Indian aviation sector with the responsibility of turning 5 domestic airports into world-class destinations. Being key gateways to different parts of India, millions of aspirations are linked to the development of these airports," CEO of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone, Karan Adani, said in a tweet on Monday last.
Reacting to the new development, Kerala Chief Minister earlier said the Adani Group has no previous experience to run the Airports. "This is something doubtful that how Adani could win the bid of five airports at a time."
Kerala Government will not yield to Adani Group and their plan to take over the airport as the State Government also has a stake in it in the form of land which was given to the Airport Authority of India earlier as part of airport development. Kerala had proved that it could run ariports under PPP model successfully, he added. Out of 32 technical bids from 10 companies, Adani won the bid of five airports.
However, KSIDC, which represented Kerala Government in the bid, came second in the case of International Airport here. The Adani Group won the bid of four other Airports in Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow and Guwahati. (UNI)