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Bids open amidst strike threat

The Government may invoke ESMA to stop airport staff from going on a strike.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 16:05 IST

As modernisation bid on the runway, the Government may invoke the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) to stop the airport employees from going on a strike.

The Government's decision may come in the wake of a threat by airport employees to strike work to protest the "privatisation" of Delhi and Mumbai airports.

Sources said the option to impose ESMA was open in case the employees went on a flash strike. However, no decision has been taken as yet.

Bidders
 

For Delhi airport: GMR-Fraport, DS Construction-Munich, Macquarie-ADP and Reliance-ASA.

 
 

For Mumbai airport: DS Construction-Munich, GMR-Fraport, Reliance-ASA and GVK-ACSA

 
Bidders' profiles
 GMR-Fraport: Hyderabad-based GMR is building an airport in Hyderabad. It is an infrastructure house with major interest in energy and transport. Fraport manages the Frankfurt Airport.

 
 Reliance Airport Developers-Mexican ASA: ASA Mexico is a leading airport operator and builder in South America. It handles Cancun Airport.

 
 GVK-Airports South Africa (ACSA): While Hyderabad based GVK is engaged in power and infrastructure, ACSA is into airport managment in South Africa. It manages Johannesburg and Capetown airports.

 
 DS Construction - Munich Airports: DS owns the retail chain Ebony and is also into road construction. It is handling Delhi-Gurgaon expressway project. Its partner, Munich Airport is ranked one of the best in the world.

 
 Macquarie-ADP (Aeroports de Paris): They are contenders only for Delhi Airport.

 

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Ministry headquarters at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan, which also houses the Airports Authority of India (AAI) head office, was under a virtual siege by police and paramilitary personnel, even as hundreds of employees gathered there for a lunch-hour demonstration.

The AAI officers and employees, under the umbrella body of AAI Employees Joint Forum, have threatened to go on a flash strike if the financial bids are opened without considering the Alternative Plan for modernising the two metro airports.

They have also threatened closure of all airports on a short notice.
The bids are likely to be opened at 1530 hours followed by a meeting of the empowered Group of Ministers later in the evening.

The sources said the GMR Group-led consortia, which had been evaluated and passed, would get one of the two airports (most likely Delhi) with the other one going to the consortium, which bid the highest among the remaining bidders.

The employees' proposal, submitted last year to the Prime Minister, was reviewed by the Alternate Plan Review Committee headed by AAI Member (Finance) VDV Prasada Rao and described as viable.

First Published: Jan 31, 2006 10:24 IST