Friday, December 29, 2006

Gujarat mulls another international airport

Gandhinagar: The chief ministers office (CMO) is considering having a new privately built and operated international airport, on the lines of Singapore's Changi airport, preferably between Ahmedabad and Dholera.
The project is likely to be a greenfield and may cost around Rs 8,000 crore on 4,000 hectares of land. A senior official said the government has been considering having an international airport within 150 kilometres of Ahmedabad.
Mehmedabad, on Ahmedabad's eastern periphery, and Dholera and Sanand on the west were being considered for the project.
Sources said the airport could be built on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis.
Significantly, though there was some talk about having an international airport between Dholera and Ahmedabad early this year, it could not find favour with the Airport Authority of India (AAI).
The AAI decided, instead, in July 2006 to develop and expand the present airport in Ahmedabad.
28/12/06 Times of India