Gujarat government is planning to develop 11 new airports in the state, the Legislative Assembly was informed today.
In a written reply to a question, Gujarat Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said the government was planning airports at Dwarka, Ambaji, Palitana, Ankleshwar, Dahej, Morbi, Rajkot, Parsoli, Rajpipla, Dholera and Dholavera.
Justifying the reasons for setting up a slew of airports, he said the airports at Dwarka, Ambaji and Palitana were being set up to provide air connectivity to these popular pilgrim places. A special economic Zone is being developed in Dahej, while Dholera has been declared as a special investment region (SIR). Dholavera in Kutch is a famous archaeological site and an airport here is expected to give boost to tourism, he said.
The Minister further informed that pre-feasibility study for airports at Dwarka, Ambaji and Palitana was awarded to Airport Authority of India (AAI) and the agency had already completed the study for Dwarka. Patel said at present there were eight airports in the state that are managed by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) at Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Bhavnagar, Porbander, Rajkot, Kandla, Deesa and Keshod.
Three airports in Nalia, Bhuj and Jamnagar were under the Indian Air Force (IAF) while three airports in Amreli, Mehsana and Mandvi were being managed by the state aviation department. Besides, there were two private airports in the state, one in Mundra and another in Mithapur, Jamnagar, he informed.