Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Government Okays Rs. 4,500 Crore Project To Revive 50 Airports, Airstrips

The Cabinet on Monday approved a proposal to revive 50 unserved and under-served airports as well as airstrips at an estimated cost of Rs. 4,500 crore.

With the plan, the government is looking to enhance air connectivity to small cities and towns while the revival of such airports and airstrips would be "demand driven".

The proposal was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"The total cost of the project is estimated to be Rs. 4,500 crore. 15 airports/airstrips each would be revived during 2017-18 and 2018-19 each while 20 airports/airstrips would be revived during 2019-20," an official release said.

As many as 50 unserved and under-served airports and airstrips of state governments, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and civil enclaves would be covered.

"Small cities/towns shall be connected on commencement of operation of flights to under-served/unserved airports.

"It will further boost the economic development in these areas as well as surrounding areas in terms of job creation and related infrastructure development," the release said.
06/03/17 PTI/NDTV