The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) under the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has granted permission for the proposed INR26.29bn ($408.7m) expansion of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad, India.

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL), which manages the airport, intends to expand its capacity to 25 million passengers each year from the existing 12 million passengers, reported PTI.

The EAC was quoted by the news agency as saying: “After detailed deliberations, the EAC recommended the project for environmental clearance and stipulated specific conditions along with other environmental conditions while considering for accord of environmental clearance (for airport expansion programme).”

The master plan for the project suggests that the ultimate capacity of the airport is expected to reach up to 40 million passengers annually.

"The ultimate capacity of the airport is expected to reach up to 40 million passengers annually."

As stated in the GMR website, the expanded airport will be connected by two cross taxiways and several exit taxiways, as well as two integrated passenger terminals and cargo terminals.

The committee was informed that no land acquisition was made around the airport site as the entire project is planned within the 5,495-acre area, reported Livemint.

The construction phase of the project is expected to create direct employment of more than 5,000 people and indirect employment for more than 10,000 people over a period of five to six years.

In December 2004, the concession agreement was signed by GHIAL with the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) for 30 years.


Image: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India. Photo: courtesy of Premnath Kudva / Wikipedia.