Guwahati: Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said that the Cabinet has approved the proposal for leasing out the airports in Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram, and Jaipur. They have now been cleared for operation, development, and management via public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

At a press meet, the minister said, “The Union Cabinet has approved a proposal for leasing out Jaipur, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram airports, of Airports Authority of India (AAI), through Public-Private Partnership.”

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This development comes a day after Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that he will present a proposal before the Union Cabinet about airport privatisation across the country. He added that they have got dozens of airports lined up and that they will build the 100 new airports starting from now till 2030.

Previously, the Modi government had already decided to privatise 12 airports of the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The decision on privatisation of Ahmadabad, Mangalore, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram, and Jaipur have already been taken in the first phase.

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It was Adani Enterprises who won the rights to run the above stated six airports through the PPP model after a competitive bidding process in February 2019. Additionally, on February 14, 2019, they have even signed the concessionaire agreement with AAI for three airports at Ahmedabad, Mangaluru and Lucknow.

Meanwhile, in September 2019, AAI had also recommended the civil aviation ministry to privatise the airports in Amritsar, Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Indore, Raipur, and Trichy as well.

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