• Government body proposes four new airports in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

    A government body recommended four new greenfield airport projects in the smaller towns of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, as part of India’s overall aim to improve airport infrastructure and regional connectivity in the country.

    “The Steering Committee on Greenfield airports headed by Secretary, Civil Aviation…met today and considered 4 new airport projects. The Committee recommended ‘in principle’ approval to 3 projects in Andhra Pradesh viz., Bhogapuram, Dagadarthi (Nellore) and Orvakallu (Kurnool). The Committee also recommended for ‘site clearance’ to the project of Kothagudem in Telengana,” the ministry of civil aviation said in an official statement.

    A new international airport at Bhogapuram will be developed by the state government under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode at an estimated cost of Rs 2,200 crore. It is estimated to cater to 6.3 million passengers per annum in the initial phase.

    The other two airports in Andhra Pradesh will be developed as domestic no-frills airports with an estimated cost of Rs 88 crores each. Dagadarthi will be developed under the PPP mode whereas a project at Orvakallu will be developed by state government on its own.

    The steering committee has also recommended ‘site clearance’ for a new greenfield airport project at Kothagudem in Telangana. With this, Telangana would be getting its second greenfield airport after the one at Hyderabad. Shayne Corson Authentic Jersey

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