The Ministry of Civil Aviation has accorded site clearance for the greenfield international airport project at Dholera in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, which is being developed by the Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board.
The Dholera airport project, which will come up in Dholera Special Investment Region in Gujarat, is one of three airport projects being developed under the multi-crore Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project. The other two are an international airport near Jodhpur in Rajasthan and an aerotropolis in Alwar district of Rajasthan.
The project envisages all activities related to project development such as air-side and city-side infrastructure development. This includes land acquisition and development, passenger and cargo terminal, air traffic control, airfield lighting, fire station, power substation, cargo facility, water treatment plant, car park, hangers, cargo and passenger apron, taxiway and runway, administrative block and isolation bay we well as GSE storage and AC plant, access internal roads, hotel and commercial development, night parking, and basic repair and maintenance.
The Dholera Special Investment Region includes a six-lane access-controlled highway between Ahmedabad and Dholera.
Meanwhile, the Taj international greenfield airport project, which is proposed to be developed at Hirangoan, Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh, is currently under preliminary scrutiny of the central government.
Further, Airports Authority of India recently upgraded Bhopal, Indore and Raipur airports to international standards and the government has initiated the process of declaring these airports as international airports.
The government has also granted in-principle approval for development of the following greenfield airports : Mopa, Goa (Rs. 3,000 crore), Kannur, Kerala (Rs. 1,800 crore), Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra (Rs. 14,500 crore), Shirdi, Maharashtra (Rs. 300 crore) and Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh (Rs. 355 crore).