The proposal to privatise Chennai, Kolkata, Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports has been scrapped by the government. In a high level meeting which was attended by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and his deputy Mahesh Sharma, the decision was taken.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will continue to run the Chennai and Kolkata airports, whereas in Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports, private players may now be roped in only for a limited role in some operations and maintenance activities.
According to Sharma, the government has now decided to take up Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports on a pilot basis. “The four airports-Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Kolkata-were under consideration. On a pilot basis, the two airports, Jaipur and Ahmedabad, will be taken on O&M basis. Issues of Chennai and Kolkata have been deferred.”