It is easier to take the people of a state for a ride, especially when they have voted for the ruling party. It is easy to make announcements in the state assembly and let people make assumptions.
But when it comes to a union minister, he or she must talk carefully and must make it a point to take special care when it comes to making statements to media.
Well, when Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapati Raju made some remarks recently, a few things have come out regarding the proposed airports in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The first point that emerged was the fact that no proposals came for the development of airports in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Secondly, wherever a new airport will be constructed in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, it will be done on a PPP basis, which means private organizations will build and manage the airports initially and then hand over them to the respective governments.
Meanwhile, Chandra Babu has already claimed that each district in AP will get an airport and he promised that Kuppam will lead the pack.
He announced the same in the state assembly. If that is the case, how come no proposal has come along as yet? On the other hand, how feasible is building airports on PPP basis in Andhra Pradesh? There will be very small numbers in terms of traffic in small places like Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram.
This means there will be very little revenue. So, which private company will take up the task which is monetarily risky? Also, it has been seen that managing the Hyderabad airport is no mean task. Given this scenario, who will go into interiors and risk building airports there?
It remains to be seen when an airport for each district promise by Chandra Babu will come true.