GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) has secured clearance from an environment ministry agency to double the capacity of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad.

The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has recommended the airport’s expansion project for environment clearance, The Hindu Business Line reported.

Following the expansion, the airport will be able to handle up to 50 million passengers each year.

The project is expected to entail an investment of approximately Rs85bn ($1.19bn), the publication added.

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad is the second-fastest-growing airport in India, in the ‘over 15 million passengers per annum’ (MPPA) category.

The greenfield airport handled 18.3 million passengers last year. It was constructed to handle 12 MPPA but was expanded to cater to 25 MPPA.

If approved, the project will build a new terminal (T2) and expand the current terminal (T1).

The cargo terminals will also be expanded, as well as the cargo satellite building and other associated warehouses, to cater to A 5.75LTPA capacity.

Additionally, workers will develop one new runway and other land-side facilities, such as airport access road, passenger transport centre, transport hub, commercial spaces, supporting utilities, as well as facilities such as fuel tank, warehouses, ATC radar control station, administrative and engineering facilities.

The Proposed expansion will take place across 5,495 acres inside the airport.

GHIAL noted that the projects, after completion, will attract industrial and infrastructure development, which will generate revenue in the region.

In October last year, GHIAL opened the interim international departures terminal (IIDT) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.