Airports Authority of India (AAI) has issued tenders for the phase one construction of an international airport at Dholera, in the Indian state of Gujarat.
As per an official statement, the airport will require an investment of approximately $133m.
Situated in the north of the Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR), the new airport will be constructed in a greenfield city under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project at Dholera.
This upcoming airport is expected to reduce the pressure on Ahmedabad International Airport.
The release said: “The AAI has release $133m tender for Phase 1 of the Dholera International Airport, which will be aligned with a fire-station of Category-9, and will incorporate a 3,200m runway, which will be suitable for type 4E Aircraft.”
Dholera International Airport will provide strategic benefits in several ways due to the lack of an international airport in Saurashtra and its vicinity.
It will be beneficial for the aerospace, defence and manufacturing industries, enabling them to facilitate the development of the greenfield industrial smart city of Dholera through investment.
For this project, the Gujarat State Government has assigned 1,427ha of land, as well as around 75ha of government land, for commercial development.
In addition, the government will be responsible for the development of all the other related ancillary services such as water, power, flood control and roads.
Recently, AAI commenced the process of appointing ground handling agencies for 83 state-run airports for a ten-year duration.
The officials told that the aim is to reduce the number of ground handling workers on the airside, thereby averting the chances of any ‘untoward incident’ from occurring.
At present, Air India’s fully owned subsidiary AI Airport Services and Air India’s joint venture AISATS are the two prevalent ground handling agencies in India.