Press Esc to close
Saturday 30 August 2014
News updated at 9:21 AM IST
Weather
Max: 25.6°C
Min : 19.7°C
In Bangalore
Generally cloudy

Maldives scraps GMR airport management contract

New Delhi, Nov 27, 2012, DHNS:

Angry New Delhi says itíll ensure Indian interests are protected

Image for representation only.

In a strong reaction to the Maldivian government’s move to terminate its agreement with Indian infrastructure giant GMR group to manage the international airport in Male, New Delhi on Monday said it was ready to take “all necessary measures” to ensure safety and security of its interests and its nationals in the archipelagic nation.

Hours after Maldivian government made public the decision of President Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik’s Cabinet to annul the agreement with GMR group, New Delhi conveyed to Male that its move would send a very negative signal to foreign investors.

“The Government of India proposes to monitor the situation in Maldives closely and is prepared to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of its interests and its nationals in the Maldives,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement issued in New Delhi. India also called upon Maldives to “fulfil all legal processes and requirements in accordance with the relevant contracts and agreement it concluded with the GMR.” 


Maldives’ Attorney General Aishath Azima Shakoor on Tuesday revealed that the island nation’s Cabinet had decided to annul the June 28, 2010, agreement that awarded the GMR group the contract to manage the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in Male for 25 years.The GMR Male International Airport Limited – a joint venture of the GMR Infrastructure and the Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad or MAHB – had won the contract during the regime of Mohamed Nasheed.

The GMR Group confirmed that the Maldivian government had served it a notice “intending to take over the possession and control” of the airport in Male. The company termed the move “unilateral and completely irrational.” 

New Delhi on Tuesday noted that the contract had been awarded after a 10-month-long global bidding conducted by Washington-based International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group. “As the advisor to the Government of Maldives, the IFC has stated that it has complied with Maldivian laws and regulations and followed the best practices at each step of the bidding process to ensure the highest degree of competitiveness, transparency and credibility of the process,” stated the Indian government.

Nasheed had stepped down on February 7 in the wake of differences within the ruling coalition, paving the way for Hassan to take over as the president. New Delhi was actively involved in efforts to restore political stability after the change of guard in Male.

The Maldivian government’s move to annul the contract awarded to the GMR Male International Airport Limited came close on the heels of a diplomatic row over a comment made by Hassan’s spokesman Abbas Adil Riza about Indian High Commissioner in Male, D Mulay.

Riza called Indian High Commissioner a “traitor” and “an enemy of Maldives,” while speaking at a rally held in Male to protest against the contract awarded to GMIAL.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Union Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda during a visit to Ernakulam railway station in Kochi ...

Union Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda during a visit to Ernakulam railway station in Kochi ...

Bomb Squad members checking a suspected bag found at Bandra Station in Mumbai ...

Bomb Squad members checking a suspected bag found at Bandra Station in Mumbai ...

Red Cross workers walk through an Ebola hit area  in Monrovia, Liberia ...

Red Cross workers walk through an Ebola hit area in Monrovia, Liberia ...

Models take part in awareness campaign 'Save Ganga and Green India' in Bhopal ...

Models take part in awareness campaign 'Save Ganga and Green India' in Bhopal ...

Siddaramiah presenting kit to a beneficiary  during launch of 'Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana' ...

Siddaramiah presenting kit to a beneficiary during launch of 'Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana' ...

Ganesh idol made of dry fruits ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai ...

Ganesh idol made of dry fruits ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai ...

A young girl viewing Ganesh statues for sale on the eve of the Ganesh Chaturthi in Jaipur ...

A young girl viewing Ganesh statues for sale on the eve of the Ganesh Chaturthi in Jaipur ...

Team owners Sachin Tendulkar and Ranbir Kapoor during the launch of Indian Super League ...

Team owners Sachin Tendulkar and Ranbir Kapoor during the launch of Indian Super League ...

John Abraham, signs a football during the launch of the Indian Super League, in Mumbai ...

John Abraham, signs a football during the launch of the Indian Super League, in Mumbai ...

Founding chairperson Nita Ambani at the launch of the Indian Super League in Mumbai ...

Founding chairperson Nita Ambani at the launch of the Indian Super League in Mumbai ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523