The steering committee of the government for setting up of new airports on Friday approved in principle four new airports in Gulbarga, Bijapur, Hassan and Shimoga in Karnataka.
This was the first meeting of the committee, set up in April after the government cleared a policy on greenfield airports. The committee will coordinate and monitor the setting up of new airports.
Proposals for new airports would be considered for site clearance by the committee based on the suitability of the location identified and air space management, an aviation ministry official said. Once site clearance is granted it will be followed up with a project preparation exercise.
Ater the proposal is formalised, the committee will look at the feasibility of granting an “in principle’ approval to the project. The progress of the project will also be monitored by the committee.
The government has envisioned investment close to Rs 36,000 crore to develop about 100 small and greenfield airports in the country during the 11th Plan (2007-2012). It expects the private sector will contribute about Rs 24,000 crore and state-owned Airports Authority of India (AAI) will pitch in with the rest.
The Union Cabinet also approved a policy paving the way for construction private airports and helipads for private use as well.