Gujarat’s Dholera International Airport approved by CCEA; first phase by 2025-26

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on June 14 approved the Dholera International Airport project in Gujarat.

The airport, which will be connected by highways, a rapid transport system and railways, will be owned by the Airports Authority of India and the government of Gujarat, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said. The development will be funded by the equity of 40% and 60% debt.

Thakur said that an investment of INR 1,305 crore will be spent in phase one of the Dholera airport which is expected to be completed in four years. The airport would be developed in three phases for INR 1,712 crore.

Gujarat’s Dholera International Airport approved by CCEA; first phase by 2025-26

The airport was earlier expected to start operations by December 2023, however, with the delays, the first phase should be completed by 2025-26.

The government expects the Dholera airport to cater to 3,00,000 passengers and handle 20,000 tonnes of cargo in 2026.

During Phase-1, a 3,200-metre-long runway will be built for type 4E aircraft, in Phase-2, the same runway would be extended to 3,800 metres. And in Phase-3, the second runway will be built.

The Gujarat government has allocated 1,427 hectares of land for the project, and 75 hectares of government land have been allocated for commercial development.

In the next 20 years, the Dholera airport is expected to handle 2,33,000 tonnes of cargo and cater to 23 lakh passengers, Thakur said.

Dholera International Airport Company Ltd (DIACL) was set up in 2012 by the Gujarat government to develop the airport, which is now a joint venture between AAI with a 51% stake, the Government of Gujarat has 33% and National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust have 16% stake.

The new facility is being set up in greenfield city under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project at Dholera.

Located around 100 km from Ahmedabad, Dholera Airport is expected to be an alternative to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport.

The Airports Authority of India had in February issued tenders for the construction of the first phase of an international airport at Dholera entailing an investment of INR 987 crore.

The Gujarat government has allocated 1,427 hectares of land for the project, and 75 hectares of government land have been allocated for commercial development.

Located around 100 km from Ahmedabad, Dholera Airport is expected to be an alternative to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport.

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