Monday, January 04, 2016

Nod for Dholera airport a push for Delhi-Mumbai corridor

India's most ambitious infrastructure project, the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), has received a push with the ministry of civil aviation granting in-principle approval to the Dholera airport project in Gujarat.

The proposed airport, being developed jointly by Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) and the Gujarat government, would offer two parallel runways of 2,910 metres and 4,000 metres and would be developed in three phases at a cost of Rs 1,712 crore.

"The steering committee of the civil aviation ministry has reviewed the project aspects and given in-principle approval for its development. We are going to develop the airport jointly with the state government. The greenfield airport would serve the logistics requirements of the upcoming Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR), a huge industrial township planned in the DMIC," Alkesh Sharma, chief executive officer and managing director of DMICDC, told Business Standard.

The state government has already identified 1,426 hectares for the airport at Navagam village in Dholera, around 100 km from the international airport in Ahmedabad. Besides spillover traffic from the Ahmedabad airport, Dholera will serve the traffic from the nearby cities of Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Nadiad, Kheda and Anand. It has also been proposed that an aviation zone close to the airport be developed, for which 2,600 hectares of government land is available. DMIC's vision is to develop Dholera as an aerotropolis - a metropolitan region where the infrastructure and economy are driven by airport-centred commercial activities.
03/01/16 Vijay C Roy/Business Standard
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