Tuesday, August 22, 2006

AAI developing surplus land in 35 regional airports

New Delhi: The Airport Authority of India (AAI) is putting surplus land in 35 non-metro airports under its control to good use by developing them at an estimated cost of Rs 8,000-cr. This could fetch it Rs 1,500-cr.
The AAI will construct hotels, shopping areas, eateries, convention centres, cargo complexes, parking lots and health centres as part of infrastructure development on the cityside.
"As most of our surplus land in airports is lying idle, non-aeronautical revenue is negligible. So it has been decided to utilise this land commercially. The private sector will be involved in this exercise," says a senior official in AAI's planning department.
Basic designs of airports in Srinagar, Varanasi, Dibrugarh, Ranchi, Surat, Udaipur, Khajuraho, Amritsar, Visakhapatnam, Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur, Calicut, Trichi and Ahmedabad have been approved. The designs of the rest, including Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bhopal, Dehradun, Pu-
ne and Chandigarh are being finalised.
22/08/06 Arun Kumar Das/Times of India
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