Privatization of Delhi & Mumbai Airports - A Bumpy Take Off
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"Aviation has only been treated as a glamour industry; it has never been treated as something which is core to infrastructure and development of the country."1
- Praful Patel, Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of India, on the need for Airport upgradation, in February 2005.
"To our utter shock and surprise, substantial changes to the published tender conditions have been telephonically communicated, in strange circumstances, barely two hours before opening of financial bids. These changes are a complete departure from the tender conditions and are untenable."2
- A Reliance Spokesperson immediately after Announcement of
"We're going to intensify our agitation until the government relents. It is the question of the lives of thousands of airport employees and their families."3
- Nitin Jadhav, General Secretary, Airports Authority of India Employees Union in February 2006 on the second day of the employee strike against Airport Privatization.
Successive governments sought to initiate the process by bringing in the required changes in airport infrastructure policy, but the process was always hindered by roadblocks.
"On the Record," www.indianexpress.com, February 15, 2005.
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