Friday, November 12, 2010

GMR resists K'taka govt pressure to take over ops at Bidar Airport

GMR INFRA Announced a second quarter profit of Rs 71 crore and net sales of Rs 1,222 crore. 
The company has resisted pressure from the Karnataka government to take over operations 
at the Bidar airport, reports CNBC-TV18’s Sunanda Jayaseelan.
CNBC-TV18 had reported in August that the Karnataka government had given GMR the option
of either giving an NOC to Bidar airport or taking over the operation of that airport which is 
learnt to be about 80 kilometers from the airport and that’s where the problem lies.
This could, however, go against the MoU which GMR has for Hyderabad. According to 
government rules, no new airport can come up within 150 kilometers of an existing one 
owned by a private operator. CNBC-TV18 learns from sources that the company 
has expressed its reservations to the Karnataka government over giving an NOC to the 
Bidar Airport. Sources stressed on the commercial unviability of that airport.
Sources also said that the company could face a similar situation in Noida where the c
entral government for a while now has been pushing GMR to give its NOC to operate an 
airport out of Noida. CNBC-TV18 learns that if that happens then it could go against the 
MoU they have for the Delhi Airport.
This, reliable sources said, has picked up momentum in the past couple of months. 
Sources add that the same reasons again is going against GMR’s Delhi MoU. Also the
fact that there is little commercial viability of an airport in Noida as it exists is going against 
decision to really give that go ahead for that airport.
Sources indicate that once the civil aviation policy is finally out, if rules under that are 
tweaked allowing for operationalising both airports, then the company could be left with little 
When contacted, officials at GMR declined to comment.