AAI, Govt of Gujarat sign MoU



for development of new airport at Dholerai , Gujarat

Thesynergyonline Aerospace Bureau

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 22 : Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed an MoU for the development of a new Greenfield Airport at Dholera in Gujarat in the presence of Mr Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister, Govt of Gujarat and Mr Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of India on January 19, 2019 at Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

Dholera Airport is being developed as a joint venture among AAI, Government of Gujarat and National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT). The MoU facilitates Airports Authority of India for establishment of Dholera Airport. The project is likely to kickstart in April 2019.

Mr M K Das, IAS, Principal Secretary, Industries & Mines Department, Govt. of Gujarat and Mr R.Madhavan, Executive Director (KID), Airports Authority of India exchanging documents post signing the MoU for the development of a new greenfield airport at Dholera in Gujarat in the presence of Mr Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister, Govt of Gujarat and Mr Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of India.

The greenfield airport will be built near Navagam in the Dholera taluka of Ahmedabad district. The project site is spread over on 1,426 hectares near village Navagam in Dholera taluka (Earlier it was in Dhandhuka Taluka), about 80 kilometers from Ahmedabad and around 20 kilometres from the Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR).

The state government has formed Dholera International Airport Company Ltd (DIACL) as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for development of the airport. Work on the airport is expected to begin in the 2019, and it is expected to be operational by 2022. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) inspected the site in January 2010 to carry out a techno-economical feasibility study and gave its technical clearance the following month.

The project received "site clearance" from the central government in July 2014. The Environment Ministry gave its approval in December 2015.

The airport will be developed jointly by Delhi–Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) and the Gujarat Government and will serve the logistics requirements of the upcoming Dholera Special Investment Region.

The airport is to have two parallel runways of 2,910 metres and 4,000 metres and will be developed in three phases at a cost of Rs 1,712 crore.

The first phase is expected to cost Rs 1600 crore, of the total expected cost of Rs 2100 crore for the project.