Citing security concerns, Shiv Sena today opposed privatisation of international airports in India, saying it was against direct access of airports being given to foreign companies.
"Privatisation would mean giving direct access of airports to these (foreign) companies and may pose a threat to national security," Sena MP and President of Air India Employees Union Bharatkumar Raut told reporters in Mumbai.
Recalling the statement of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram that the next terror attack would come via air route, Raut said Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel is encouraging privatisation policy at airports." "If foreign companies are involved in ground services like aircraft handling, maintenance and security check-ups, it would be dangerous," Raut warned.
Raut said his party is not against private investment in infrastructure but the issue of security needs to be taken seriously. "If Sena (a member of BJP-led NDA) comes to power in Delhi, we would ensure that foreign companies are not involved in the airport privatisation process," he said.