New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has asked the Civil Aviation Ministry to provide the complete file related to the company Probing further into the alleged financial irregularities involving the GMR Group-led Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd (DIAL), at the “earliest”. The investigating agency has also called for the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report on the privatization of Delhi airport. In its letter dated May 3, 2019, accessed by IANS, the CBI has said that it had become necessary to obtain the records and documents related to the airport operator in the Supreme Court-monitored investigation.
“The CBI has asked for a complete file of operation, management and development agreement (OMDA) between Airports Authority of India (AAI) and GMR since beginning to till date,” a person aware of the development said.
The response is awaited to an IANS email query to DIAL on the matter.
The previous UPA government had, in 2006, awarded the contract to the GMR Group-led consortium for operation, management and development of the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The initial term of the concession is 30 years extendable by a further 30 years. Delhi International Airport (DIAL) is a joint venture of the GMR Group (64 percent), Airports Authority of India (26 percent) and Fraport (10 percent).
As part of the agreement, the private firm was allowed to commercially exploit around 240 acres out of the 4,600 acres of airport land in Delhi.
While the Delhi airport project is counted among the successful public-private partnership (PPP) stories, it has had, at the same time, its own share of controversies. (IANS)
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