The minister of state for civil aviation, VK Singh, informed the Rajya Sabha on Thursday that the Centre has approved the leasing of the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) for its operations, management and development through public-private-partnership (PPP) mode.
Replying to a question by RS member Sujeet Kumar, the minister said the Airports Authority India (AAI) Board in its 190th meeting held on September 5, 2019 had approved the leasing of six airports namely Bhubaneswar in Odisha, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Amritsar in Punjab, Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Indore in Madhya Pradesh and Trichy in Tamil Nadu for the management of their operations and development through the PPP mode.
“In 2006, the AAI had leased out the Delhi airport in the Union Territory of Delhi and the Mumbai airport in Maharashtra. In 2018-19, six more airports such as Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Jaipur in Rajasthan, Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, Guwahati in Assam, Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala and Mangaluru in Karnataka were awarded under the PPP mode by the AAI.”
Singh said the Greenfield Airport Policy was approved in 2018 paving the way for the development of such airports either by the government or a private entity or through the PPP mode. The National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 also emphasises on the development of airports through the PPP route, he added.
The policy states that the ministry of civil aviation will continue to encourage the development of airports by the state governments or the private sector or in the PPP mode.