Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Work on AP’s Orvakal airport to begin soon, land acquisition near completion

Hyderabad: Work on the greenfield airport of Orvakal near Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh is set to begin within a few days and will be completed in 12-18 months.

Having secured various mandatory clearances, including clearance from Union Civil Aviation Ministry in October 2016, the State Government will begin work on the new airport planned to come up about 20 km from Kurnool town on the Kurnool-Nandyal section.

Ajay Jain, Principal Secretary, Infrastructure and Energy, told BusinessLine, “Ninety-five per cent of the land acquisition for the airport project has been completed and works are likely to commence within a week. Of the 900 acres, more than 700 acres belongs to the government and the rest is also expected to be acquired soon.”

“The project is being implemented by the government itself as the invitation for private sector participation did not receive good response as they do not see this segment profitable. Therefore, we have tendered out for construction companies and will invest about ₹90 crore for the project. We expect to connect to Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Bengaluru and other locations, just as Kadapa airport provides connectivity to some major cities,” he said.
01/05/17 V Rishi Kumar/Business Line