Ahmedabad will get its second airport by June 2024 at Dholera. The PM Modi-headed cabinet committee on economic affairs approved the proposal to develop phase-I of a greenfield airport 80 km from Ahmedabad at an estimated cost of Rs 1,305 crore. Catering to nearby regions too, the airport will get multi modal connectivity through a six-lane expressway, rapid transport system, broad gauge railway line and a dedicated freight corridor under the PM Gati Shakti programme, Union I&B minister Anurag Singh Thakur said Tuesday.
“The project has got environmental and security clearance. The defence and home ministries have also given their nod to the airport that will come up in 1,501 hectares (about 3,709 acres). In the first phase that will be ready in 48 months, the airport will handle 3 lakh passengers and 20,000 tonnes cargo annually. There is adequate land for expansion under second and third phases as well as increasing runway length,” Thakur said.
About 40% of phase one cost will be met via equity and the balance through debt, Thakur said. The project will be implemented by Dholera International Airport Company Ltd, a JV of Airports Authority of India that will have 51% stake in it; government of Gujarat with 33% stake and National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust with the remaining 16% stake.
“The new greenfield airport at Dholera is situated at an aerial distance of 80 km from Ahmedabad Airport. The airport is planned for operationalisation from 2025-26 and initial passenger traffic is estimated to be 3 lakh passengers per annum, expected to grow to 23 lakh over a period of 20 years. The annual cargo traffic is also estimated from the year 2025-26 at 20,000 tonne, which would increase to 2,73,000 tonne over a period of 20 years,” the government statement added.
Dholera Airport is to get Passenger and Cargo traffic from Dholera Special Investment Region and is expected to become a major cargo hub to serve this industrial belt.