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The Madras High Court has declined to extend the stay on the privatisation of Chennai airport.

Justice R Subbiah granted the interim injunction on January 29 based on a petition filed by Airports Authority Employees’ Union against the Airports Authority of India seeking Request for Qualification from private parties to manage the airport. The AAI filed a counter affidavit and P Wilson, Additional Solicitor-General, in his representation insisted on an early hearing of the injunction application.

On Thursday (February 27) when the petitioner’s counsel requested adjourning the matter to next week, Justice Subbiah adjourned the case to March 5 and stated that the interim injunction will not be extended further. Arguments in the case will start on March 5.

Companies such as GVK, IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd and Essar Projects (India) Ltd have evinced interest in the privatisation of operations. The union claimed that since over ₹2,000 crore was spent on construction, privatising the airport will push up the user-development fee. (Courtesy: Business Line)