Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis revealed that the government is contemplating taking back control of five airports leased to the financially troubled Anil Ambani group for their development. The airports in Baramati, Nanded, Osmanabad, Latur, and Yavatmal were leased in 2008-09, but the group allegedly failed to maintain the facilities or clear statutory dues.
The state plans to consult the advocate general to explore the possibility of taking over the airports by settling the outstanding payments and later recovering them from the company. Furthermore, Fadnavis mentioned the impending operationalisation of Navi Mumbai airport by August next year, aiming to boost connectivity and alleviate the burden on the country’s busiest Mumbai airport. Additionally, a comprehensive plan is in the works to streamline airport management across the state.