Centre Likely To Invite EoIs For Airport Divestment Soon

Mumbai, Sept 17: | Updated: Sep 19 2003, 05:30am hrs
The ministry of civil aviation said that the new Civil Aviation Policy and the privatisation of the Mumbai and Delhi airports are on schedule. There are talks of upgradation of the Sahar Airport in Mumbai. An expenditure to the tune of Rs 16 crore has been earmarked for upgradation of Sahar Airport. Meanwhile, plans are afoot for setting up a possible airport in Navi Mumbai.

Moreover, plans to commission terminal 2B at the Sahar Airport in Mumbai in the near future is also on the anvil, which presently is not used to its full capacity. Addressing the press at a conference on Air Transport-Maharashtra, K Roy Paul, secretary, ministry of civil aviation, government of India, said that the Supreme Court judgment on HPCL and BPCL would not affect the progress of the privatisation plans.

He added that in about a months time, expressions of interest (EoIs) would be asked for and a shortlist of prospective players would be formed. In the next four months, a suitable proposal would be taken and by April-May a partner would be chosen from the shortlist.

Mr Roy Paul told reporters that the New Civil Aviation Policy, being formed, was based on the Naresh Chandra Committee Report. This will be the roadmap for further liberalisation of the aviation sector, he added.

Talking about the possible break-up of the policy, Mr Roy Paul said that the first part of the report would contain the role of both Air-India (A-I) and Indian Airlines (IA), the extent of FDI permissibilty, domestic airlines flying on international routes, allowing more foreign airlines to come in and regulatory mechanism for airport and role of Directorate General of Civil Aviation.