Sunday, April 08, 2018

AAI seeks green light from MoEF for airport expansion projects

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has approached the Ministry of Environment and Forest and Climate Change seeking permission for various expansion programmes of seven airports including Pune, Guwahati and Tirupati this year so far.

The total investment outlay for all the seven airports was pegged at nearly Rs 3000 crore, according to the minutes of meetings of Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) under the ministry held in January and March.

A top official of the national airports' operator recently said that the PSU will be investing Rs 15,000 crore during the current fiscal for terminal building projects across the country.

The AAI sought Environmental Clearance (EC) for Jabalpur (MP), Jharsuguda (Odisha), Allahabad (UP) and Guwahati international airports, while requesting the Ministry for preparing Terms of References (TOR) for Pune, Tirupati and Kolhapur Airports.

"Construction of New Integrated Terminal Building (for Pune airport), Reconstruction of Old Terminal Building, Modification of existing expanded Terminal Building, Associated City Side facilities, Multi -Level Car Park and Cargo Terminal at Civil Enclave."

"The cost of proposed development of Pune Civil Enclave is estimated as Rs.700 crore," the EAC said with regard to Pune Airport expansion project.

For Tirupati Airport, the AAI planned strengthening of runway and expansion of associated units to cater to the operations of Code-E type of aircraft, involving an investment of Rs 177 crore.
08/04/18 PTI/Economic Times