Centre may nix AP's aviation varsity plan

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government’s plans to set up an aviation university at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Begumpet may not take off.
Instead, the ministry of civil aviation (MoCA) may give the go-ahead to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to set up its own aviation academy, sources told TOI.
The 798 acres of airport land in the heart of the city, now worth thousands of crores, has become a bone of contention between the Centre and the state government.
The AAI and the MoCA are reportedly not in favour of the joint venture with the state government as they want complete control of the prime land.
The state government had some time back proposed setting up an aviation university on the airport land. This was in the light of a condition that commercial activity be stopped from the facility once the international airport at Shamshabad becomes operational by April 2008. The state government had even proposed a joint venture with AAI for the university.
02/10/06 Times of India

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