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Mumbai airport on Friday became the fourth airport in the country to be allowed to
levy a development fee from passengers to bridge the shortfall in funds for
modernising the facility.
The government approved collection of Rs 100 from outbound domestic passengers and
Rs 600 from international passengers from April 1. The fee would be in force for
four years, but be reviewed after six months.
The Mumbai airport modernisation project cost is pegged at Rs 9,802 crore and the
Mumbai International Airport Ltd has been allowed to raise up to Rs 1,543 crore
through the development fee. However, if the project cost escalates beyond Rs 9,802
crore, MIAL would have to tap other fund sources.
New airports in Hyderabad and Bangalore have been charging a development and DIAL,
which manages the New Delhi airport, too was allowed to charge the development fee,
although the move has come in for criticism from global airlines' body IATA.
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel had on Thursday said such fees could be
imposed even at airports being modernised by the state-owned Airports Authority of
India. The massive aviation infrastructure required in India "cannot be made on such
a scale without the contribution from passengers and other stakeholders," he had said. - PTI