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Jaipur airport privatisation soon, says AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra in Jaipur

July 5, 2019, 8:55 am

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Jaipur: Guruprasad Mohapatra, the Chairman of Airports Authority of India, said here on Thursday that the privatisation of Jaipur airport was under process. He refuted the reports that the Rajasthan government had raised any objections over the privatisation. He said the letter wrote by the state government couldn’t be treated as an objection. It was just a communication between AAI and the government.

Mohapatra was commenting on the letter wrote by the government to AAI seeking explanation how the airport can be handed over to a private group without the permission from the state Civil Aviation Directorate of Rajasthan.

The land for Jaipur airport had been allotted by the state free of cost, so it should be taken into confidence before the management is handed over to Adani Group, as the government argued in the letter.

“The process of Jaipur airport privatisation is going on. The letter of award has already been issued for three of the six airports. The formalities are being completed for three remaining airports including Jaipur International Airport,” Mohapatra told media persons in Jaipur.

Mohapatra was in Jaipur on Thursday. He inspected the under-construction building of airport terminal. He also met chief secretary DB Gupta at state secreteriate. He is learnt to have discussed the issues concerning land acquisition for Jaipur, Jodhpur and other airports in Rajasthan.

In February, the Adani group placed a bid of Rs 175 per passenger for Jaipur and five other airports, becoming the highest bidder. No other company could go beyond the rate. The six airports will be under the Adani group for the next 50 years once the MoU is signed between the airport authority and the company.

First published: July 5, 2019
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