New Delhi: State-owned Airports Authority of India will develop 50 new low-cost airports across 11 states. (Agencies)
According to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the decision was taken at a meeting held by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to finalize infrastructure project targets for 2013-14.
Apart from 50 new low cost small airports, the government has decided to go ahead with eight greenfield airports which will developed under public private partnership (PPP) mode.
The eight new greenfield airports will come up at Navi Mumbai, Juhu (Mumbai), Goa, Kannur, Chakan (Pune), Sriperumbudur, Bellary and Raigarh.
Two new international airports at Bhubaneswar, Odisha, and Imphal, Manipur, will also be taken up in the current fiscal.
The government also gave its nod to a proposal to hand over airport operations and maintenance through PPP contracts at various AAI-owned airports.
"Airports being considered are Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Guwahati, Jaipur and Ahmedabad," the PMO said in a statement.
State-wise list of the 50 new low-cost airports:--
Andhra Pradesh: Vijayawada, Nellore, Kurnool, Kadapa, Nizamabad, Tirupati, Anantapur, Karimnagar
Jharkhand: Dhanbad, Bokaro, Hazaribagh
Bihar: Muzaffarpur, Chapra, Sasaram
Punjab: Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Firozpur
Uttar Pradesh: Agra, Allahabad, Moradabad, Saharanpur, Meerut, Aligarh, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Azamgarh
Arunachal Pradesh: Tezu, Momdila, Along
Assam: Silchar, Jorhat, Tezpur
Madhya Pradesh: Gwalior, Singrauli, Burhanpur,Khandwa, Jabalpur, Sidhi, Shahdol
Odisha: Brahmapur, Raurkela, Kendujhar
Rajasthan: Ajmer, Kota, Bhilwada, Alwar
Maharashtra: Kolhapur, Nasik, Jalgaon, Solapur, Amarawati
New Delhi: State-owned Airports Authority of India will develop 50 new low-cost airports across 11 states.