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Prabhu tells operators to bolster airport projects

Vision 2035 to address aviation issues

Minister Prabhu (file pic).

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu has told on Airport operators to bolster their efforts to build new infrastructure and to expand existing airports to enhance the facilities available, keeping in view the pace of growth of Indian aviation sector.

The call was made after he reviewed growth of airport infrastructure and called for preparation of a holistic ‘Vision – 2035’ document to address issues such as congestion at airports, runways and airspace.

The vision focus would also be on development of unserved and under-served airports, ways and means to boost the air connectivity to small cities and towns – thereby increasing revenues.

The vision will further provide a direction to the economic development in these areas in terms of job creation and cargo infrastructure development.

He observed that growth of airport infrastructure in many places has not kept pace with the passenger traffic.

The Minister reviewed the on-going and planned expansion works at various airports such as Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Goa, Pune, Lucknow, Trivandrum, Guwahati, Jaipur, Calicut, Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneshwar, Patna, Coimbatore, Srinagar, Varanasi Chandigarh, Indore, Mangaluru, Amritsar and Bagdora.

He examined the capacity of each airport against the number of passengers travelled and reviewed the measures being taken to decongest them.

Prabhu noted the issues arising in expanding the existing airports as well as in constructing the new ones in different States and said that he would take up those issues with respective State Governments.

The Minister asked the officials to suggest innovative land acquisition methods – a serious problem faced at many cities.

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