Plan To Develop Jaipur Airport Hits Air Pocket

Jaipur: | Updated: Jul 29 2002, 05:30am hrs
The proposal to develop the Jaipur airport as an alternative to Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi has once again run into rough weather with the advisory committee to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) locking horns with the state over tax payments.

At a recent meeting, the committee said the state had inappropriately assessed the property tax, according to which AAI would have to cough up land and building taxes worth Rs 1.95 crore annually to the state. AAI already has a tax liability of Rs 6.75 crore towards Rajasthan. “The quantum of tax should be based on the actual income per unit area of space which has been put into commercial use and not by any arbitrary formula,” a committee member said.

The upgraded airport is now expected to be made operational only by next September, sources said.