Cabinet approves development of new Dholera greenfield airport in Gujarat
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On June 14, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the proposal for phase 1 development of the new greenfield airport at Dholera, Gujarat.
Estimated cost of the project is Rs 1305 crore and will be completed by 2025-26.
The project is being implemented by Dholera International Airport Company Limited (DIACL).
DIACL is a Joint Venture Company comprising Airports Authority of India (AAI), Government of Gujarat (GoG) and National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT) holding equity in the ratio of 51:33:16.
About Dholera Airport
It is situated at a distance of 80 Km from Ahmedabad Airport.
It is being constructed to facilitate passenger and cargo traffic from the Dholera Special Investment Zone (DSIR), which is expected to make the industrial area a major cargo hub.
The airport will serve as a second airport to Ahmedabad.
The initial passenger traffic is estimated to be three lakh passengers per year, which is expected to increase to 23 lakh over a period of 20 years.
Annual cargo traffic of 20,000 tonnes is also projected from the year 2025-26, which will increase to 2.73 lakh tonnes over a period of 20 years.
What is Greenfield Airport?
The Government of India has formulated the Greenfield Airport Policy, 2008.
This policy provides the existing guidelines for the development of greenfield airports in the country.
The term 'Greenfield' is derived from software engineering.
It refers to a project that is not hindered by prior work.
Such airports are constructed to meet the anticipated requirements of the existing airport traffic.
At present, there are 29 international airports in India. With the establishment of nine greenfield airports, the total number will reach 38.
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