Guwahati airport leased out to Adani Group

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Aug 19: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the proposal for leasing out three more government-run airports including the Guwahati Airport through public-private partnership (PPP).

The other two airports which have been cleared for private ownership are Jaipur and Thiruvananthapuram airports.

“The Cabinet has approved the proposal for leasing out Jaipur, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram airports through the PPP model,” Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar informed this at a press conference in New Delhi.

Adani Enterprises had won the rights to run Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati through PPP model along with five other airports – Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru and Thiruvananthapuram after a competitive bidding process in February 2019.

In July 2019, the Union Cabinet had approved the proposal for leasing out the other three airports – Ahmedabad, Mangaluru and Lucknow – to Adani Enterprises.

Currently, the aforementioned six airports are owned and managed by the government-run Airports Authority of India (AAI).

Eight months after the Cabinet approval, Adani Enterprises signed the concessionaire agreement with the AAI on February 14 this year for operation, management and development of airports at Ahmedabad, Mangaluru and Lucknow.

In June this year, the AAI gave three more months to the Ahmedabad-based company to take over the management of these three airports due to the COVID-19 situation. This means the deadline for take over has been pushed from August 12 to November 12.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had on Tuesday said that the Ministry of Civil Aviation would place a proposal for ‘further’ privatisation of airports before the Union Cabinet on Wednesday. (With PTI input)

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