Government of India has accorded 'In-Principle' approval for setting up of 21 Greenfield Airports.
About Greenfield Airports:
- Development of a Greenfield airport is governed under the Greenfield Airports (GFA) Policy, 2008.
- As per the Policy, a State Government or an Airport Developer, willing to establish an airport is required to send a proposal to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) for 2-stage approval i.e. 'Site-Clearance' followed by 'In-Principle' approval.
- Such proposals are considered by MoCA as per the procedure stipulated in the GFA Policy.
- The responsibility of implementation of airport projects including funding of the projects rests with the concerned airport developer including the respective State Government (in case the State Government is the project proponent).
- Government of India (GoI) has accorded 'In-Principle' approval for setting up of 21 Greenfield Airports namely,
- Mopa in Goa,
- Navi Mumbai, Shirdi and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra,
- Kalaburagi, Vijayapura, Hassan and Shivamogga in Karnataka,
- Dabra (Gwalior) in Madhya Pradesh,
- Kushinagar and Noida (Jewar) in Uttar Pradesh,
- Dholera and Hirasar in Gujarat,
- Karaikal in Puducherry,
- Dagadarthi, Bhogapuram and Oravakal (Kurnool) in Andhra Pradesh,
- Durgapur in West Bengal,
- Pakyong in Sikkim,
- Kannur in Kerala and
- Donyi Polo, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh.
- Out of these, 9 Greenfield airports Durgapur, Shirdi, Kannur, Pakyong, Kalaburagi, Orvakal (Kurnool), Sindhudurg, Kushinagar and Donyi Polo, Itanagar have been operationalized.
Q1) Which is India's first greenfield airport?
Donyi Polo Airport, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh is the first greenfield airport in India.