PM Modi to inaugurate Mopa International Airport, Goa
India has seen recorded double growth in the setting up of airports with the total number of airports in the year 2022 crossing over 141 from 74 in the year 2014. Keeping in view the growth in aviation traffic, the government has accorded in-principle approval for setting up 21 Greenfield airports across the country.
As per the assessment made by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), all India’s total passenger traffic is expected to increase from 341 million during 2019- 20 to around 827 million by the year 2032-33.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Mopa International Airport, Goa on Sunday for which the foundation stone of the airport was laid in November 2016. Developed at a cost of around Rs.2,870 crore, the airport has been built on the theme of sustainable infrastructure.
Before this, Donyi Polo Airport, Itanagar, the first Greenfield Airport of Arunachal Pradesh was inaugurated on November 19, 2022
The 21 Greenfield airports include Mopa in Goa, Navi Mumbai, Shirdi and Sindhudurg 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 across the country.
Out of these, nine Greenfield airports including Durgapur, Shirdi, Kannur, Pakyong, Kalaburagi, Orvakal (Kurnool), Sindhudurg, Kushinagar, and Donyi Polo, Itanagar have been operationalized.
Besides, the government has also granted the first stage clearance or site clearance for the construction of three Greenfield airports including Alwar in Rajasthan, Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh, and Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. During the last three years, the Mandi Airport project has been granted ‘Site Clearance in 2022’.
As per the information from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the project cost of nine operationalized airports includes Durgapur – Rs.670 crore, Shirdi – Rs.320 crore, Pakyong – Rs.553.53 core, Kannur – Rs.2,342 crore, Kalaburagi – Rs.175.57 crore, Orvakal (Kurnool) – Rs.187 crore, Sindhudurg – Rs.520 crore, Kushinagar – Rs.448 crore and Donyi Polo, Itanagar – Rs.646 crore.
Officials said that as per Greenfield Airports Policy, the responsibility for implementation of airport projects including funding of the projects rests with the concerned airport developer including the respective state government (in case the state government is the project proponent).
[With Inputs from IANS]
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