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Some State Governments Undertake Development of Airports at Their Own Expense

New Delhi,Minister of State for Civil Aviation G.M. Siddeshwara said in the Lok Sabha today that the State Governments which have undertaken development of airports at their own expenses or on PPP mode are Maharashtra (Navi Mumbai), Karnataka (Bijapur, Gulbarga, Hasan and Shimoga), Kerala (Kannur), Uttar Pradesh (Kushinagar) and Goa (MOPA). Airports Authority of India (AAI) provides technical assistance on the DPRs of such projects and undertakes pre-feasibility studies for site clearance of proposed sites. 

In recent years, the Government has received initial proposals for setting up of Greenfield Airports at several places including Kotkasim (Alwar) in Rajasthan, Karwar in Karnataka , Annakara (Idduki) in Kerala, Androth (Karavati district) in Union Territory of Lakshadweep and Taj International Airport, Hirangaon in Uttar Pradesh. Necessary action for approval, project development, including financing of the airport projects is taken by the respective airport promoter. The construction of airport projects depends upon many factors such as land acquisition, availability of mandatory clearances, financial closure, etc by the individual operator.
 

Considering the phenomenal growth in aviation sector and the interests shown by various State Governments for development of more airports, Government of India has introduced a policy for approval of Greenfield airports in 2008. In accordance with this policy, a Steering Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Civil Aviation has been constituted to coordinate and monitor various clearances required for the Greenfield airport projects in a time bound manner. As per this policy, the promoter (i.e. Airports Authority of India, State Government or any other entity) seeking to develop the airport, has to submit the proposal to the Government for consideration by the Committee. Applications for setting up of Greenfield airport are received from time to time, which are considered by the Steering Committee/competent authority for grant of `in principle’ approval, after they have completed necessary formalities of obtaining pre-feasibility study report, site clearance, clearances from regulatory agencies etc.