Airports Authority of India (AAI) has sought clearance from the Indian Environment Ministry for expansion of five airports across the country.
The five airports, which are located at Vijayawada, Lucknow, Patna, Dehradun and Jabalpur, will be developed with an investment of Rs32.58bn ($457.81m), reported Press Trust of India (PTI).
The AAI has also requested the agency set up terms of reference for the Vijayawada airport expansion programme.
The airport operator plans to build a new terminal building T3 for Lucknow airport, replacing Terminal 1.
This new terminal will enable the airport to serve a growing number of international and domestic passengers. Additionally, there are plans to construct a multi-level car park and associated facilities at the airport.
According to an estimate, the expansion outlay for the airport at Lucknow will be around Rs13.83bn ($194.31m).
Separately, the AAI is planning to construct a new domestic terminal at Jai Prakash Narayan International (JPNI) Airport in Patna. This new facility, which will be constructed with an investment of Rs8.65bn ($121.58m), will help manage 4.5 million travellers annually.
For Vijayawada, the AAI has filed a plan to build a new integrated terminal as well as other facilities such as surface car parking and a utility building. Nearly Rs5bn ($70.26m) will be allocated for the new terminal building at Vijayawada airport.
The AAI is also planning to expand Dehradun airport. The planned expansion includes construction of a new integrated terminal building and associated facilities that will require an investment of Rs3.45bn ($48.6m).
The airport authority has urged the ministry to reassess the environment clearance for expansion of Jabalpur airport so that the aerodrome can be made suitable for the operation of AB-320 type aircraft.