CPI Decries Leasing of Airports to Adani Group
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India issued the following statement on July 4, 2019 condemning the government move to privatise airport services of more airports:
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India condemns the Narendra Modi government’s decision to handover operations and management of airports at Mangaluru, Lucknow and Ahmedabad to Adani Group. The Adani group will look after all services at these airports, barring air traffic control and communication, navigation and surveillance services.
For development of these airports public money was used and facilities created are now being given to private profit.
The Party feels that the transfer of services to the private sector will mean that passengers will have to pay more for using facilities such as parking, purchasing eatables, even drinking water and using facilities at these airports besides user charges. The three other airports for which the Adani Group emerged as the winner under a private-public partnership model in February are Guwahati, Jaipur and Thiruvananthapuram have been kept pending for the time being.
Kerala State government is proposing that the Thiruvananthapuram airport be handed over to the state government for maintenance. That should be accepted.