Greenfield airport projects delayed, says government

September 2nd, 2008 - 10:02 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) Proposals for new greenfield airports at Jhajjar in Haryana and Greater Noida, besides 14 other places are yet to take off, despite the government clearing the greenfield airport policy April 24.The Ministry of Civil Aviation in a statement Tuesday said the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has completed site inspections but the proposal for “in principle” approval is yet to be forwarded by the promoter.

The most crucial of these proposals relate to the Jhajjar and Greater Noida airports, which are close to the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport here.

These airports, less than 150 km from the IGI airport, would be examined on a case-by-case basis by the government as per the norms in the greenfield airport policy.

In case of an application to establish an airport within 150 km of an existing airport, the proposal would first be considered by the steering committee that would take into account all relevant facts and contractual liabilities.

The committee would then submit its recommendations to the aviation ministry, which would decide whether to grant approval or not, government sources said.

Till date, only two greenfield international airports - one in Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh (commissioned March 23), and the other in Bangalore in Karnataka (commissioned May 24) have become operational.

The government said the AAI has already cleared the locations for the proposed greenfield airports across the country, but that these continue to face bottlenecks.

The Greater Noida international airport is under consideration of a group of ministers constituted for the project.

In case of the three greenfield airports - Chakan, Sindhudurg and Navi Mumbai - coming up in Maharashtra, the state government has been asked to submit the proposal for in-principle approval.

Greenfield airports are also coming up in Goa, Kannur in Kerala, Bijapur, Hassan, Gulbarga and Shimoga in Karnataka, Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, Durgapur in West Bengal and Karaikal airport in Puducherry.

Besides greenfield airports, five other private airports have got the approval of the government. These are coming up at Saswad in Pune in Maharashtra, Sonepat in Haryana, Pernem in Goa, Sasan in Madhya Pradesh and Adarsh Palm Retreat in Bangalore.

The number of private aircraft in the country has increased from 96 in December 1997, to 229 in September 2007 - a growth of around 140 percent.

Aircraft for non-scheduled use have increased from 46 to 196, while those for government has increased from 247 to 373 in the same period.

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