New Delhi: Government has accorded in-principle approval to set up 21 greenfield airports across the country. This was stated by Minister of State for Civil Aviation Gen VK Singh in a written reply to Rajya Sabha yesterday.
These airports include Mopa in Goa; Navi Mumbai, Sindhudurg and Shirdi in Maharashtra; Bijapur, Hassan, Kalaburagi and Shimoga in Karnataka; Dabra in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh; Kushinagar and Jewar (Noida) in Uttar Pradesh.
Other states where these airports will come up are Gujarat, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim, Kerala and Arunachal Pradesh.
Eight of these 21 airports have already been operationalized.
Greenfield Airport is a term used to identify a new airport, built from scratch in a new location. Such airports are constructed to support the projected requirements of traffic of the existing airport.