It seems that the Kerala government’s tryst with the Adani group will see no end. The LDF government has decided to take their case against Adani Enterprises taking over the operations of Trivandrum International Airport to the Supreme Court. In a petition filed by the Kerala government in the apex Court, the government pointed out that the Adani Group lacks prior experience in the field and is therefore unfit for the business.
The petition goes on to state that the decision goes against “public opinion”. In its plea, the state government said that it was the government that completed the process of acquiring the land for the airport and so, the central government ought to hand over operations of the airport to a company formed by the Kerala government.
The Kerala High Court rejected similar petitions filed by the Kerala government against the decision to hand over the operation and management of the airport to the Adani group in October. Adani Enterprises had won the rights for the operations of the Thiruvananthapuram airport in an auction held in August. They also got the right to operate Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, and Guwahati — all of which, including Thiruvananthapuram, will be handled in a public-private partnership. The Adani group will handle the operations of the Thiruvananthapuram airport for 50 years.
The state government had protested this decision, especially alleging that the Centre had ignored their demands. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had presented a resolution against the Centre’s decision in the state assembly and it was passed unanimously.