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Govt plans to sell residual stake in four airports

The Central government aims to sell its residual stake in four airports as part of the Rs 2.5 lakh crore asset monetisation pipeline.

IANS Reported by: IANS
New Delhi Published on: March 15, 2021 8:17 IST
Govt plans to sell residual stake in four airports
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Govt plans to sell residual stake in four airports

The Central government aims to sell its residual stake in four airports as part of the Rs 2.5 lakh crore asset monetisation pipeline. The sale of the Airport Authority of India's remaining stake in the four airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, as well as the identification of 13 more airports for privatisation, has been planned for the next fiscal.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation will take approvals for divestment of equity stake of the AAI in the joint ventures running Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad airports.

For the 13 AAI airports identified for privatisation, the possibility of bundling of profitable and non-profitable airports will be looked at to make more attractive packages.

In the first round of airports' privatisation under the Narendra Modi government, the Adani Group bagged contracts for six airports - Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, and Guwahati - last year.

Adani Enterprises in January had signed the concession agreement with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for operating and developing the Jaipur, Guwahati, and Thiruvananthapuram airports.

In a regulatory filing, the company said that the concession period is 50 years from the commercial operation date.

"Adani Jaipur International Airport Ltd, Adani Guwahati International Airport, and Adani Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, wholly-owned subsidiaries of the company have signed the concession agreement on January 19, 2021, with Airports Authority of India for the operations, management, and development of Jaipur, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram airports respectively," it said.

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