Kerala in SC against move to hand over TVM airport to Adani Group
New Delhi: Kerala has approached the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the central government move to hand over the operations of Thiruvananthapuram airport to Adani Enterprises.
The petition filed by Kerala in the apex court pointed out that Adani Group does not have prior experience in the field. The petition also said that the decision was not according to public opinion.
There are irregularities in handing over operations of the airport to Adani Group from the Kerala government. It was the government which completed acquiring the land for the airport. Hence, the state demanded the central government to hand over operations of the airport to a company formed by the state government.
The petition also pointed out that the companies in which the state government owned shares were handling the operations at Kochi and Kannur airports. It also added that the central government had guaranteed that the airport would not be privatised.
Kerala has put forward two demands. Create a special company for handling the operations at Thiruvananthapuram airport and hand over it to the state government. Or, give the company the right of first refusal.
Kerala government clarified that it was ready to take up handling of operations at the airport at the same price for which Adani Group has taken it.