July 25, 2019
Saugata Roy asks a Question on the assurance of non-privatisation of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata
Thank you Sir, I am very grateful.
Sir, recently the Ministry of Civil Aviation has taken a decision to privatise three airports – Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow and Ahmedabad. They have been handed over to the Adani Group for modernisation.
Now this means handing over assets built with Government money to private parties. Previously there were proposals to privatise Kolkata and Chennai airports. This was turned down in the face of determined opposition by the workers and all the concerned people in the country.
Now the Minister has said that the ministry is preparing a master plan for developing a cost effective way to add capacity to meet the future traffic demands in Kolkata and Lucknow airports.
I would like to ask the Honourable Minister if he could assure us that no further effort would be made to privatise the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, which was modernised recently at a cost of Rs 2,300 crore. I would like him to assure us that this is not being privatised, which, if done, will be totally against the interests of the workers and the State.