Fifty regional or remote towns in 18 states of the country, including Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Rajasthan, will soon have air connectivity, the Lok sabha was informed today. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju said in a wirtten reply that towns have been selected for extending air services on the basis of population, economic growth, tourism potentials and on the lack of air connectivity. Besides this, the government has also granted, in principal, approval for setting up of 15 greenfield airports at different places across the country. Of these greenfield airports, four are to come up in Karnataka, three in Maharashtra, two in Kerala, one each in West Bengal, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and Pudducherry, the Minister said.
Bhopal, Indore, Raipur airports fast on way to get intl status
Bhopal, Indore and Raipur airports would soon be declared international airports, the Lok Sabha was informed. Airports Authority of India (AAI) had recently upgraded these three airports to international standards, and process had been started to declare them as international one, Minister of State for Civil Aviation G M Siddeshwara said in a written reply. Besides this, a proposal for developing a new airport, the Taj international greenfield airport at Hirangoan in Ferozabad district of Uttar Pradesh, was under preliminary scrutiny, he said. Mr Siddeshwara said the government had also granted in principle approval for development of greenfield airports as international airports of Mopa in Goa, Kannaur in Kerala, Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra and Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh. The Minister added that clearance had been given to the construction of a greenfield international airport at Dholera in Ahmedabad district of Gujarat.
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