Gujarat government is planning to develop airports at temple towns of Dwarka and Ambaji over the next couple of years.
"The proposal for air strips in temple towns of Ambaji and Dwarka are at an advance stage," State Secretary for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Vipul Mitra told reporters.
Kolkata based SREI Infrastructure would invest in developing airstrip at Dwarka and the work may take around one and half years. It would require around Rs 500 crore to develop an air strip and supporting infrastructure there, Mitra said.
As regards Ambaki, the government has acquired land for developing an airport and is now scouting for a private developer.
"Land has been acquired for developing an airport at Ambaji and now we are looking for a private developer for it," Mitra said.
According to state government, MoU's worth Rs 20,000 crore are expected to be signed during the forthcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit(VGS)-2011 beginning January 12, in the civil aviation sector.
Business groups pledge investment in the state for developmental projects in various sectors through the MoUs signed during VGS, a biennial event.
With a view to promote tourism, Gujarat government has also proposed to develop over a dozen airports in the state on public private partnership (PPP) basis.
Presently, Gujarat has 15 airports of which nine are under operational jurisdiction of the Airport Authority of India (AAI), three with Indian Air Force of which two have civil terminals and two are private airports.