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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