The Indian Government has issued environmental clearance for the development of Mundra International Airport in the Kutch district of Gujarat.

India’s new commercial airport will entail an investment of Rs14bn ($203.3m).

Approval is subject to the compliance of certain conditions.

Mundra International Airport, a wholly-owned unit of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), will operate and manage the airport.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change approved the airport plans after considering the views of a panel of experts.

Mundra International Airport must now receive clearance from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for project and safety facilities.

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In July, Indian conglomerate Adani Group secured permission to transform its private airstrip at the Mundra port complex into a developed commercial airport.

Under the proposed development plan, Adani Group aims to establish a dedicated aerospace manufacturing building, among other facilities.

Adani Group currently manages an existing private airstrip at Mundra, spanning over 45ha of land.

It will be upgraded to a commercial airport, covering approximately 522ha.

Once operational in 2022, the international airport will be able to handle large aircraft such as the Boeing 747-400.

The airport development project is expected to create 8,000 jobs.

In August, Adani Group announced the formation of a new entity to manage its airport businesses in India and abroad.

Adani Airports will be responsible for acquiring, promoting, operating and maintaining the group’s airports, as well as overseeing any design, development, upgrade, and construction work.