oppn parties Build Airports, But Only After Proper Research

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  • Police stop a 12-year old girl on her way to the Sabarimala shrine
  • In Karnataka, the JD(S) indicates that it might support the BJP government if it falls short of numbers after the bypolls
  • Congress pips the BJP in local body elections in Rajasthan, winning 961 wards to the BJPs 737
  • After Airtel and Vodafone-Idea, Jio also indicates that tariffs will be raised from December
  • Sources in Shiv Sena say that they might revive the alliance with the BJP if it offers the 50:50 deal
  • A miffed Sanjay Rout of the Shiv Sena says that it will take "100 births" to understand Sharad Pawar
  • Mobile operators Vodafone-Idea and Airtel decide to raise tariffs from next month
  • Sharad Pawar meets Sonia Gandhi and says more time needed for government formation in Maharashtra
  • Justice S A Bobde sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India
  • Supreme Court holds hotels liable for theft of vehicle from their parking area if parked by valet, says "owner's risk" clause is not a shield from such liability
  • Finance Minister says she is receiving feedback from many sectors that recovery is happening as there is lower stress
  • Sabarimala temple opens, but police bar the entry of women below 50 years
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says Air India and BPCL to be sold off by March
  • Media person Rajat Sharma resigns as DDCA president
  • Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress postpone meeting the governor of Maharashtra
Two Muslim litigants in Ayodhya refuse to accept the Supreme Court order, say review petition might be filed
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Build Airports, But Only After Proper Research

By Yogendra

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Yogendra is undecided whether he wants to be a writer. So he writes to see if he can be a writer. Ha Ha
Building all kind of infrastructure in the country is a pre-requisite for growth and development. Building connectivity infrastructure is more so. Given this fact, the government’s decision to build more airports in the country needs to be welcomed. But such decisions in India fall prey to poor research and planning and are often guided more by political considerations rather than business sense and need. This is where investments go down the drain and taxpayers’ money, which could be better used for other pressing development work, is thrown down the drain in maintaining airports where no scheduled flights operate.

Before embarking on an airport building spree, the government should learn from history. India has more than 25 airports which have turned non-operational in places such as Jaisalmer, Kolhapur, Sholapur, Bhatinda, Akola, Jalgaon, Ludhiana and the like. These airports were built at a huge cost. Most of them were built due to political pressure from ministers and MP’s without giving a thought to the fact whether traffic existed on the route. They entail a heavy maintenance cost every year and are a drain on public finance.

If at all new airports are to be built, they must be built in metro cities like Mumbai and Delhi whose existing airports are bursting at the seams. They must be built in tier II cities which show the promise of air traffic. They must not be built on shallow premises but after a thorough market research survey. For, public resources are scarce and cannot be spent on creating ghost airports.