Attorney General Aishath Azima Shakoor who is in the committee formed to make a final decision on the government's agreement with Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA) operator GMR has said that economic forecasts in relation to the agreement has been drafted and the dialogue has begun.
In reply to a question by Haveeru, Azima replied that a decision regarding the agreement will be made based on four possible outcomes or scenarios due to it and that all four scenarios based on the potential profit to the Maldives Airport Company (MACL) and the government from the agreement, economic benefit to the country, legal issues and technicalities of airport development have been drafted.
“So we have completed the economic forecasts and we will inform the media of the final decision regarding the agreement after dialogue between the government and the company. For now we have taken no decision regarding the agreement. We will make a decision in light of the four scenarios,” she said.
When asked of the government’s decision regarding GMR’s proposal to build a new runway at the INIA, she said that the government has not reached a decision on that matter either.
However, Transport Minister Dr Ahmed Shamheed had said yesterday that building a runway has been a government plan and that given GMR has agreed to the task there is no reason to deny the permit for construction of the new INIA terminal.
“Shamheed is reflecting on one aspect of the situation, but our committee is considering this in a broader context,” Azima said.
The government had halted GMR’s construction work on the new terminal.