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Seven airports, not 35, operationalised in 4 years

On Monday, the PM had said that there were only 65 airports in the country until the year 2014. However, government data shows that there were 94 operational airports in the country in 2014.

Published: 26th September 2018 12:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2018 09:39 AM   |  A+A-

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File | PTI)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Following controversy over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on Monday that 35 airports had been built in the last four years, the ministry of civil aviation on Tuesday clarified that 33 airports had been connected with scheduled flight operations during that period.

On Monday, the PM had said that there were only 65 airports in the country until the year 2014. However, government data shows that there were 94 operational airports in the country in 2014. The PMO on Monday quoted the PM in a tweet: “Today, Our 100 airports have become operational. Out of these, 35 airports are added in last four years.

Since Independence to 2014, over 67 years, there were 65 airports. i.e an average of one airport per year, whereas for the past four years, on average, nine airports have been completed per year.” The tweet clearly suggested that 35 airports had been completed or built in the last four years.

However, a reply by the ministry of civil aviation in the Lok Sabha on December 1, 2014 said, “Airports Authority of India is managing 125 airports/ civil enclaves in the country. Out of this, 94 airports/civil enclaves are operational and 31 airports/ civil enclaves are non-operational.” Another reply by the ministry in the Lok Sabha, on July 19, 2018, said that 101 airports/civil enclaves were operational and scheduled/RCS flights were operating at 86 airports.

On comparing the two replies, it becomes clear that only seven airports/civil enclaves became operational in the last four years. The ministry on Tuesday tweeted: “In the last four years, the number of airports connected with scheduled flights (and thus benefitting general public) has gone up from 67 to 100 airports.”

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  • Lal

    If Modi opens his mouth
    1 year ago reply
  • Max

    The game of fudging and playing with numbers continues. Every govt. loves to tom tom about how much they are doing for the people and country. And the data is provided by bureaucrats who may provide wrong information as it suits them where it is difficult to verify.
    1 year ago reply
  • Ranga Hyderabad

    The PM is very very fast in announcing that 100 airports are in operation which the civil aviation authority rejected ??????? The PM is not taking any action against the debts of the Indian Airlines He doesn't care about the fall in rupee value and the hike in the prices of petroleum products
    1 year ago reply
  • Suresh D

    So 29 airports had no flights in 2014 - even though complete - right ? Why ...?
    1 year ago reply
  • Pal Singh

    Therefore We should have knowledgeable PM. Who know 1 to hundreds number. Our beloved Jumlebaj PM says century of Air port. He says many Air port are constructed which is false. Some body should take tution of Modi to teach him 1 to 100.
    1 year ago reply
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