The central government has decided to privatize 25 airports in the country. Guru Prasad, Chairman of the Airport Authority of India, made this statement at a press conference.

Central government has decided to privatize the maintenance of airports with 10-15 million passengers arriving annually. With 6 airports being privatized, the government has decided to privatize 20 to 25 airports in phase two.Last year, the government decided to privatize Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati.

Adani Group has secured the contract to maintain three airports in Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Mangalore. The cabinet approved the move earlier this month.

The contract has been requested to maintain Jaipur and Guwahati airports. The Kerala government’s opposition to the provision of maintenance of Thiruvananthapuram Airport to the private sector has been delayed.The government has decided to privatize another 20 to 25 airports. It is noteworthy that 40% of the employees employed by the private sector companies who receive the airport maintenance contract are employed by the Airports Authority of India.

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