The Airports Authority of India is not looking at the re-bidding of three state-run airports of Jaipur, Trivandrum and Guwahati, sources close to the development told
CNBC-TV18, adding that the Cabinet may take a decision on the airports after some issue are resolved.
On July 3, the Union Cabinet approved the proposals for leasing out three major
airports of Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Mangaluru for a period of 50 years but did not take up the remaining three airports, leading to confusion whether they will be put up for re-bidding again.
"There is no question of re-bidding as of now. There are some court cases with regard to Trivandrum and Guwahati and in the case of Jaipur, the state government has asked for some minor clarification. We are hopeful that these issues will be resolved within the next one month and then it can be taken up by the Cabinet," a person aware of the development told
CNBC-TV18 on condition of anonymity.
While the validity of the bids is currently till July 31, it can be extended by a maximum period of three months if the need arises, sources added.
The state of Kerala and the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) had filed a case in the High court early this year to prevent the airport being handed over to Adani Enterprises.
A Public Interest Litigation was also filed by some people in Gauhati High Court opposing the Centre's decision to privatise the state airport.
KSIDC, Adani Group and GMR airports had bid for Trivandrum airport. However, Adani Group’s bid at Rs 168 per passenger was higher than that of KSIDC’s Rs 135 and GMR’s Rs 63.
The Airports Authority of India is likely to award the three airports of Lucknow, Ahmedabad and Mangalore airports to Adani Group soon, possibly in the next 5-7 days, sources added.
CNBC-TV18 exclusively reported that the civil aviation ministry has moved a revised Cabinet note on the privatisation of six state-run airports of Jaipur, Lucknow, Trivandrum, Mangalore, Guwahati and Ahmedabad.
Under a two-stage tender process, which concluded late February, Adani Group emerged as the highest bidder for all six airports, quoting the highest per passenger fee to be paid to AAI on a monthly basis.
The Gautam Adani-led group had quoted per passenger fee of Rs 174 for Jaipur airport, for Ahmedabad airport at Rs 177 per passenger, for Mangaluru at Rs 115 rupees, for Lucknow airport at Rs 171 rupees, for Guwahati at Rs 160 per passenger, and for Trivandrum at Rs 168.
In November, the Union Cabinet had decided to privatise six airports to increase their efficiency and quality. Soon after, the Airports Authority of India had invited bids for these airports with a lease period of 50 years and in order to invite greater participation, prior airport experience was not among the mandatory bidding criteria.
In the technical round, AAI received 32 bids from 10 companies for the privatisation of six airports with Jaipur and Ahmedabad getting the maximum interest. Out of the 10 companies, Adani Enterprise and GMR group had submitted bids for all the six airports.
Other than these two, AMP Capital Investors (UK) Ltd, Italy's Autostrade, Cochin International Airport Ltd, I-Investments, KSIDC (Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation), NIIF (National Investment and Infrastructure Fund), PNC Infrastructure and Sanna Enterprises had also shown interest.As of now, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Cochin are the major private-run airports in the country.