Adani Group Expresses Interest in Managing Nepal's International Airports Under PPP Model

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Kathmandu: The Adani Group, led by Indian billionaire Gautam Adani, has shown interest in operating and developing four airports in Nepal through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. This move comes after the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) initiated the process for involving the private sector in the operation of key airports, including the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and the construction of the Nijgadh International Airport.

Representatives from the Adani Group recently met with CAAN Director General Pradeep Adhikari to discuss the PPP model introduced by CAAN. The private sector, impressed by the proposal, is eager to manage these airports, following CAAN's decision to bring in private participation.

While CAAN has yet to finalize the modality, the Director General emphasized their commitment to involving the private sector in airport operations. The proposal, currently awaiting approval from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, would allow these airports to be managed under the PPP model.

The Adani Group, known for its airport management in India, is keen on extending its expertise to Nepal. Adani Airport Holdings Limited currently oversees seven international airports in India, including Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja Airport and Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.

Despite challenges in implementing the decision, CAAN spokesperson Jagannath Niraula stated that a global tender would be initiated once the government approves the PPP model. The selection process will involve global competition, ensuring transparency and fair competition among interested companies.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal supports the involvement of the private sector in managing and constructing international airports. This move follows a historic decision in 2069 BS when the Supreme Court intervened to halt the government's attempt to hand over the management of Tribhuvan International Airport to an Indian company, marking a pivotal moment in Nepal's aviation history.

 

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