Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Modi govt marks survey to set up six airports in Telangana

New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday, in a major move, has kick-started the process to setup six more airports in the new state of Telangana, which so far has just one operational airport in Hyderabad. An aeronautical survey has been marked for the proposed development of these six airports by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
In an issue which has political significance in Telangana, the K. Chandrashekhar Rao government has been pressing for more air-connectivity, especially after the newlybifurcated state in 2014 did not get bulk of the air-connectivity which existed in the undivided state of Andhra Pradesh. Telangana presently has just the Rajiv Gandhi
International Airport in Hyderabad while Andhra Pradesh shares this airport, with Hyderabad being the joint capital for 10 years, and has six other operational commercial airports in Vishakapatnam, Vijaywada, Tirupati, Kadapa, Oravakal and Rajahmundry. The first three are international airports. The TRS government in Telangana had last year identified locations in the state for setting up three new airports as well as upgradation of three existing airstrips which have not been operational for several years.
11/12/19 Aman Sharma/Economic Times
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