As many as 32 airports in India are still non-functional though adequate infrastructure is in place, Indian government has said. Indian Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju has said that airlines are reluctant to fly to many airports despite the government has provided adequate infrastructure there. "Airlines are like a horse. We can take them to the water but can't force them to drink," he told the Indian Parliament Thursday.
"There are 32 airports under the Airports Authority of India, which are non-functional. Our constant effort is to increase the number of airports and regional connectivity," he added. The minister also said that the Civil Aviation Ministry has granted in-principle approval to 15 new airports, including Mopa in the western state of Goa and Kushinagar in northern India's Uttar Pradesh.