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AAI staff warn of stir against privatisation

The airports which are being given to private parties on 30-year lease are Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Lucknow and Jaipur.

New Delhi | Published: March 16, 2014 1:53:39 am

Employees of Airports Authority of India (AAI) have warned of an agitation to protest the civil aviation ministry’s moves to put the process of privatisation of six major airports on “fast track”, especially when the Model Code of Conduct is currently in force.

The Airports Authority Employees Union (AAEU) has been “watching the moves of the government, at the behest of the Planning Commission, to put airport privatisation on a fast track”, AAEU general secretary BS Ahlawat said in a letter to the government and the Planning Commission.

Maintaining that the government, “on the advice of the Planning Commission”, was moving fast on the process, he said the AAI has spent over Rs 5,000 crore very recently on developing Chennai and Kolkata airports. “The prime airports, with prime land, are planned to be served to private entities at a throw away price, thus amounting to open squandering of public money…,” Ahlawat said.

The airports which are being given to private parties on 30-year lease are Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Lucknow and Jaipur.

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