21 Greenfield Airports are set to be operationalized after the government of India (GOI) has accorded the ‘in-principle’ approval.
The list includes Mopa in Goa, Navi Mumbai, Shirdi and Shindudurg in Maharashtra, Kalaburagi, Vijayapura, Hassan and Shivamogga in Karnataka, Dabra(Gwalior) in Madhya Pradesh, Kushinagar and Noida(Jewar) in Uttar Pradesh, Dholera and Hirasar in Gujarat, Karaikal in Puducherry, Dagadarthi, Bhogapuram and Oravakal (Kurnool) in Andhra Pradesh, Durgapur in West Bengal, Pakyong in Sikkim, Kannur in Kerala and Donyi Polo, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh.
In Lok Sabha,Ministery of Civil Aviation VK Singh shared a written reply to a question yesterday that from all these, 9 Greenfield airports have been operationalized.
These includes Durgapur, Shirdi, Kannur, Pakyong, Kalaburagi, Orvakal (Kurnool), Shindhudurg, Kushinagar and Donyi Polo, Itanagar. The two Greenfield Airports at Hirasar (Rajkot) and Dholera (Ahmedabad) has been approved by the state of Gujarat.Also, The government has tied up hands with AAI( Airports Authority Of India) for developing the Hirasar Airport and the estimated cost for the project is supposed to be INR 1405 crore.
According to the Greenfield Airports(GFA) policy, if any state government or an Airport developer wants to establish an Airport ,then the concerned authority will have to send a proposal to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) for 2-stage approval.
These approvals should be considered by MoCA with accordance with the procedure stipulated in the GFA policy.The funding of the projects will be concerned with the airport developer including the respective State Government.