Problems in land acquisition, financing issues and lack of clear guidelines to resolve stalemates are some of the hurdles that the government is facing in developing and modernising airports in 35 cities other than the four metros.While the modernisation programme of the Chennai and Kolkata airports is incomplete.
Work on the new integrated terminal at Kolkata airport is nearing completion. The terminal project is the biggest project undertaken by the Airports Authority of India in recent years. Work on the 30-month airport upgradation project began in January 2009 and was scheduled to completeby June 2012 but was deferred to January 2013.
The new integrated terminal at Kolkata airport on April 4 was inspected by four officials from Airports Authority of India's planning department. The move follows complaints about the terminal's built quality and service by both passengers and MPs Derek O'Brien, Saugata Roy and Gurudas Dasgupta since it was commissioned three weeks ago.
To bring in private operators to run airports, the Union government on July 4 approved privatisation of the Chennai and Kolkata airports, which are currently operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). Separately, AAI has sought approval from the government to raise Rs 1,000 crore through issue of tax-free bonds to develop 50 low-cost airports in the country. The inter-ministerial group decided to privatise the older terminals by bringing in a joint-venture partner to manage operations at
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has extended the deadline for short-listing operators for Chennai and Kolkata airports, hence privatisation of the two key airports will be delayed, say media reports.
With no bidding under the PPP route for four airports, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to expand and maintain the Chennai and Kolkata airports on its own, and the Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports will be developed through the operation