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Government Okays Rs. 4,500 Crore Project To Revive 50 Airports, Airstrips

Discussion in 'World Economy' started by bharathp, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. bharathp

    bharathp Developers Guild Developers -IT and R&D

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    in a push for more infrastructure spending,

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Monday approved a proposal to revive 50 unserved and under-served airports as well as airstrips at an estimated cost of Rs. 4,500 crore.

    With the plan, the government is looking to enhance air connectivity to small cities and towns while the revival of such airports and airstrips would be "demand driven".

    The proposal was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.



    "The total cost of the project is estimated to be Rs. 4,500 crore. 15 airports/airstrips each would be revived during 2017-18 and 2018-19 each while 20 airports/airstrips would be revived during 2019-20," an official release said.

    As many as 50 unserved and under-served airports and airstrips of state governments, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and civil enclaves would be covered.

    "Small cities/towns shall be connected on commencement of operation of flights to under-served/unserved airports.

    "It will further boost the economic development in these areas as well as surrounding areas in terms of job creation and related infrastructure development," the release said.

    While noting that revival plan would be demand driven, the government said it would depend on firm commitment from airline operators as well as the state governments in terms of providing various concessions.

    The unserved and under-served airports are to be developed "without insisting on financial viability", the release said.

    In the Union Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced plans for making adequate provisions for revival of unserved and under-served airports.

    To make flying more affordable, the government has already unveiled the ambitious regional connectivity scheme UDAN ('Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik') under which fares are to be capped at Rs. 2,500 for one-hour flights.

    important points:
    1) infra spending by Govt without "economic feasibility study" to push for more even development
    2) idea encompasses providing jobs, related infra development
    3) fares for less than 1 hr flight to be capped at 2500 Rs - this will probably give a boost to tourism and Business (1 hour radius around various city like Bangalore - you can touch Hyd, Chennai, Pune I think)

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    WhyCry Reaper Love Developers -IT and R&D

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    Very Good step!! This will indeed help not only civil aviation but also IAF.
     
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    PeegooFeng41 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Good! More than all the HSR brouhaha steps like this will yield results faster in India.
     
  4. MilSpec

    MilSpec Mod Staff Member MODERATOR

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    connectivity is an issue because I have seen such pushes in smaller cities fail due to lack of air traffic. For airforce, I have been saying this for ages that all forward bases need to be maintained.
     
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    bharathp Developers Guild Developers -IT and R&D

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    actually - am worried about this too - China has a their "ghost towns" in the same way. the demand should provide for the development. it does not work backward.

    however, just like providing roads improves the connectivity of surrounding small towns (and hence their economic activity), providing the infrastucture for cheap air travel may increase the economic activity of the region.

    unfortunately, I think this will be milked by the local politicians/ goonda raj to encroach on the lands near by (juet before the areas are sanctioned) and be sold at exorbitant prices for the mere mortals - a game plan thats going since too long everywhere.
     
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    MilSpec Mod Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Just because the government okays doesn't always mean the projects would actually take shape. i am pretty sure the air strips would need to show wither strategic value or economic viability for any project to commence. the government has gone down this path before, and has been bitten, so I am sure common sense will prevail.
     
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    bharathp Developers Guild Developers -IT and R&D

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    this is from the news report:
    so definitely not gong to look for "economic viability" I think
     
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    MilSpec Mod Staff Member MODERATOR

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    If I wasn't a Mod I would have used the C-word for this.
     
  9. dadeechi

    dadeechi Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Here are the locations of the new airports :

    Andhra Pradesh
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    1) Kadapa
    2) Tirupati
    3) Vijayawada

    Arunachal Pradesh
    ===============
    4) Along
    5) Daparizo
    6) Pasighat
    7) Tezu

    Assam
    =====
    8) Jorhat
    9) Rupsi
    10) Silchar

    Bihar
    =====
    11) Gaya
    12) Raxaul

    Chattisgarh:
    ==========
    13) Bilaspur
    14) Raigarh

    Daman & Diu
    ===========
    15) Daman
    16) Diu

    Gujarat:
    ==========
    17) Bhawanagar
    18) Jamnagar
    19) Kandla
    20) Keshod

    Haryana:
    ==========
    21) Hisar
    22) Karnal

    J&K:
    ========
    23) Kishtwar

    Jharkhand:
    ==========
    24) Deoghar
    25) Jamshedpur

    Karnataka:
    =========
    26) Belgaum
    27) Hubli

    Madhya Pradesh:
    =============
    28) Gwalior
    29) Jabalpur
    30) Rewa

    Maharashtra:
    ===========
    31) Akola
    32) Amravati
    33) Jalgaon
    34) Kolhapur
    35) Solapur

    Odisha:
    ==========
    36) Jharsuguda

    Punjab:
    =======
    37) Ludhiana

    Rajasthan:
    ==========
    38) Kishangarh
    39) Bikaner
    40) Kota

    Tamil Nadu:
    ===========
    41) Thanjavore

    Telangana
    ========
    42) Warangal

    Uttar Pradesh:
    ===========
    43) Agra
    44) Allahabad
    45) Bareilly
    46) Faizabad
    47) Kanpur
    48) Meerut
    49) Moradabad
    50) Saharanpur
     
  10. Sathya

    Sathya Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Tamil Nadu , tanjavur location is not ideal for commercial airport..
    Since thiruchi international airport is within 60km.

    Probably for Air Force .
     
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  11. Golden_Rule

    Golden_Rule Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    These will be very useful - connecting to major metros as well as big cities within 4-500 km distance
     
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  12. Golden_Rule

    Golden_Rule Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    But the flights maybe with small aircraft with 40-60 seat capacity
     
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  13. Sathya

    Sathya Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    It doesn't matter if the flight capacity is less..,
    ProbLem is very less consumers.. For example in Salem , Tamil Nadu .

    Frequency is less, passengers also less.
     
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    None from Kerala, because we already have three (soon 4) international airports.
     
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