Kerala government moves SC against leasing Thiruvananthapuram airport to Adani Group

The Special Leave Petition was filed against the High court judgement, wherein “ The writ petition was filed on various grounds including absence of public interests the same not being in the interests of better management of Airport entire proceeding including the process of tender was malafide and considered to be in violation of Airport Authority of India Act 1994.”
The plea stated that grant of concession to Adani is in violation of and earlier undertaking by the Ministry of Civil Aviation which had rejected the proposal of State government of form a Special Purpose Vehicle to take over and run the Airport on revenue sharing basis. It was submitted that Adani had no previous experience in managing airport and as a result granting such concession would not be in public interests thus violate the provision of the Airport Authority of India Act 1994. The Kochi International Airport at Nedumbasserry, Ernakulum is operated by it and the sponsored Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) is one of the leading airports the world over.
Kerala government states that the government of India had given and assurance to the State of Kerala that when the decision is taken to induct private sector into management of Thiruvananthapuram Airport, government of India would consult state government towards the acquisition of land to the airport. Thus, the Kerala government moved of airport authority of India to lease out Thiruvananthapuram Airport to Adani enterprise.

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