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13 extra airports to be privatised; 7 small airports to be clubbed with 6 large ones for this PPP spherical

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NEW DELHI: Days after the federal government introduced its formidable asset monetisation plan, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Thursday authorised the privatisation of 13 extra airports by subsequent yr — six main ones and 7 smaller ones that can be clubbed with the larger ones.
The six large airports are: Amritsar, Bhubaneshwar, Indore, Raipur, Trichy and Varanasi. Seven smaller ones, that can be clubbed with the large ones, are these at Hubli, Tirupati, Aurangabad, Jabalpur, Kangra, Kushinagar and Gaya.
The federal government expects non-public funding of about Rs 3,700 crore in airport by March 2024.
Sources say the clubbing can be like this: Varanasi with Kushinagar and Gaya; Amritsar with Kangra; Bhubaneswar with Tirupati; Raipur with Aurangabad; Indore with Jabalpur and Trichy with Hubli.
AAI will now start the method of getting ready bid paperwork in order that the identical can occur and course of accomplished by subsequent yr. The Buddhist circuit of Varansi-Kushinagar-Gaya is prone to get important curiosity from bidders as a result of tourism potential of those cities, aside from Varanasi being a giant vacation spot in itself.
That is the primary time that smaller airports are being clubbed with greater ones whereas choosing the PPP mode by which on income share mannequin a non-public participant develops and expands airports whereas their possession stays with the federal government.
The airpots being developed and run PPP means up to now embrace these at Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Mangaluru. The Adani Group will quickly take over Jaipur, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram airports and in addition construct Navi Mumbai Airport.
All these airports have been privatised on a standalone bases. The promoter of Mumbai Airport will get the fitting to construct Navi Mumbai Airport.

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