Kerala Government Opposes Leasing Of Trivandrum Airport

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan rejected the Union Cabinet’s approval to hand over the airport to the private sector.

Jessica David

August 20, 2020

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Kerala government has opposed the leasing of Trivandrum airport to private entities. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan rejected the Union Cabinet’s approval to hand over the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport to the private sector. The Union Cabinet had, on Wednesday (August 19), approved the proposal for leasing out airports at Jaipur, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram through public-private partnership (PPP). Adani Enterprises had won the rights to run six airports in the northern states of India.

The major airports that came under Adani Enterprises are namely Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati, through the PPP model after a competitive bidding process in February 2019. CM Vijayan wrote to PM Modi, seeking his intervention and to reconsider the decision as it would be “difficult” for the state to cooperate. Vijayan claimed that the approval by the Centre overlooked Kerala’s repeated requests that the airport’s operations and management be transferred to a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) in which the state government is a major stakeholder.

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