Congress party on Sunday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP government at the Centre is privatising airports by setting aside the recommendations of NITI Aayog, Ministry of Finance among others to benefit a particular private player, reported Asian Age.
“There are 123 airports in the country operational today, and of these, only 14 are making profits. All the other airports are incurring a loss. Out of these 14 airports, five have been given to the Adani group,” Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said at a press conference.
Khera said that when the UPA was in power, the government had decided not to award Delhi and Mumbai airports to the same group although it had emerged as the only successful bidder.
“The Modi government had introduced an aviation security fee in place of passenger service fee and it would cost flyers one-and-half times more. It is very visible who is profiting and who is losing in all these decisions. All conditions which were brought for fliers’ interests are being set aside,” he added.
Mr Khera said that “Though the Adani group might have emerged as the highest bidder in the tendering process, the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) of the Finance Ministry had recommended a cap, he told.
The Congress spokesperson also alleged that the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) refused to either to work out the total projected cost of these airports or look at prior experience of bidders.