Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL) is to begin construction work of India's first aerotropolis project in April 2010, as soon as it receives clearance for additional land for the project.
According to economictimes.indiatimes.com, BAPL is currently awaiting approval for an additional 777 acres of land from the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC).
So far, BAPL has received a total of 1,049 acres of land for the airport, including the requisite 650 acres.
The aerotropolis project, which is spread over nearly 2,300 acres in the Bardhaman district, will include an airport complex, an airport city with residential areas, related facilities and industrial parks.
The project will also include a Solar Valley, a solar-powered equipment manufacturing hub.
Singapore's Changi Airport International has prepared the concept design and the master-plan of the airport complex.
Changi Airport has also arranged the Request for Proposal (RFP) document for the engineering, design and building of the project on a turnkey basis.
The first phase of the project, which is estimated to cost Rs650 crore ($140m), is expected to be complete by the end of 2011.