Difficult to cooperate with leasing out of T’puram airport: Vijayan to PM

The Kerala governing administration urged Primary Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to intervene and rethink the handing around of the administration and procedure of the Thiruvananthapuram airport to the Adani group, indicating it would be “tough” for the state to cooperate in applying the determination.

The Union cupboard on Wednesday accredited the proposal for leasing out airports at Jaipur, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram by way of public-personal partnership (PPP).

Adani Enterprises had received the rights to run 6 airports — Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, and Guwahati — by way of the PPP model following a competitive bidding system in February 2019.

“In watch of the unilateral determination taken by the Govt of India with no giving credence to the cogent arguments set forward by the Condition governing administration, it will be tough for us to provide co-procedure to the implementation of the determination, which is against the needs of the persons of the Condition,” Vijayan reported in a letter to Modi.

“I ask for your great self to intervene at this stage so that the determination taken now is reconsidered,”Vijayan reported.

He pointed out that the determination was taken “disregarding the recurring requests” of the state governing administration to entrust the administration of the airport with the distinctive goal car (SPV) “in which state governing administration is the big stakeholder”.

The chief minister reported the Civil Aviation Ministry had in 2003 gave an assurance that as and when the induction of a personal participant was regarded, the Centre would variable in the state government’s contribution to the growth of the airport.

The Kerala governing administration had before transferred 23.57 acres to the Airports Authority of India absolutely free of cost for construction of the global terminal, “topic to the affliction that the worth of the land would be mirrored as Govt of Kerala’s share funds in an SPV which would be established up”, Vijayan reported in the letter.

He reported in a meeting of the empowered group of secretaries, convened by the NITI Aayog in 2018, the state governing administration had explained the specifics of public money put in for buying the land.

“The pertinent point elevated by the state governing administration is that it has proven encounter in prosperous administration and procedure of airports in Kochi and Kannur, which the personal bidder lacks.

“We had asked for delinking the Trivandrum Intrenational Airport from the proposal to operate in PPP manner or permit the SPV of the Condition governing administration to have the correct to very first refusal in purchase to match the quotation of the optimum bidder. None of these has been regarded,” Vijayan reported.

The state’s proposal was not regarded even following matching Adani’s bid for Thiruvananthapuram airport, reported state Finance Minister Thomas Isaac.

“Folks of Kerala will not accept this act of brazen cronyism”, he reported.

Before in the day, the ruling Remaining and the opposition Congress had lashed out at the Centre around its determination to lease out three airports to the Adani group, accusing it of privatising all PSUs even though the region was battling Covid-19.

(With T E Narasimhan in Chennai.)

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