Saturday, May 12, 2018

Groundbreaking of airport this year: Dholera chief

Ahmedabad: Work on the international airport at Dholera, about 100 km from Ahmedabad, is set to commence soon with a senior government official saying on Friday that groundbreaking ceremony of the proposed project is likely to take place this year itself.

"All approvals for the Dholera airport are in place. We have received approvals from ministry of defence and civil aviation. Now that the government of India has agreed to finance this project, it will take off. We expect that the groundbreaking ceremony will take place some time this year," Jai Prakash Shivahare, CEO of Dholera Special Investment Region Development Authority, told reporters on the sidelines of an event.

Dholera airport is one of the five Greenfield airports approved by the central governments recently. It is being developed as a second airport for Ahmedabad, necessitated by growing air traffic. Moreover, it would also cater to Saurashtra region.

The airport is being developed as a part of Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR), envisaged to emerge as a manufacturing hub. Works of more than Rs2,500 crore - related to roads, water and sewage treatment plants, administrative building, river bunding, and others - are in progress, and are targeted to be completed by September next year.

According to officials, the Dholera airport would be developed with an investment of Rs2,125 crore. The state government has earmarked 1,423 hectare land for the airport. The airport would have two runways, one of 2,910 metre and the second of 4,000 metre.
12/05/18 DNA