One airstrip shelved; 3 facing land issues: Government

OF THE 13 airstrips being developed by the Gujarat authorities, one venture close to Becharaji has been shelved whereas three others have hit hurdles with regard to availability of land, the state authorities knowledgeable the state legislature on Saturday.

The Gujarat authorities mentioned it had spent over Rs 6.16 crore in creating the airstrips up to now two years. Thus far, just one airstrip at Mandvi have been developed till December 31, 2020, the federal government acknowledged in a written reply to a query requested by Congress MLA Kantibhai Kharadi in the course of the Query Hour.

On this reply, the federal government mentioned it has determined to shelve the event of Vanod (Becharaji) airstrip, whereas continuous authorities land is unavailble for growth of comparable airstrip at Ambaji. Equally, the federal government mentioned the land wanted for creating the airstrip at Dahej in Bharuch district and Dholavira in Kutch is unavailable.

For the remaining 9 tasks, the federal government mentioned land acquisition for an airstrip at Dwarka is underway, whereas 90 hectares have been acquired for the same airport at Morbi the place work of constructing a boundary wall can also be being undertaken. Equally land has additionally been acquired for the airport at Bagodara.

The federal government additionally mentioned it has written to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for conducting pre-feasibility research for the airport at Palitana and Rajpipala. Equally, the plans to develop the airstrip at Ankleshwar can also be underway. The federal government has additionally instructed the district collector to supply land for the proposed airport at Parsoli in Navsari

15% work on Rajkot airport accomplished(*3*)
In reply to a separate query requested by MLA Himmatsinh Patel, the governemnt acknowledged that 15 p.c of labor of constructing a world airport at Rajkot has been accomplished. The work of the airport is scheduled to be accomplished by August 2022, the federal government added. An MoU between the AAI and authorities was signed for the Rajkot airport on January 7, 2019.

Aircraft bought(*3*)
The Gujarat authorities mentioned it bought a brand new airplane price Rs 189.9 crore that was delivered on October 14, 2019.

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