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Plan Panel expects 30 airports in 5 years

Plan Panel expects 30 airports in 5 years

The Planning Commission expects that India may require 30 functional airports within the next five years. The Commi­ssion expects passe­nger terminal capacity in most of the airports to be between 230-240 million in the current year.

The above estimates of the commission come even as many airport projects in the country are facing hurdles. Meanwhile, in a bid to over­come the problems with land acquisition and shortage of land, the Karnataka govern­ment is planning to build air­ports on land of just 100 acre. The Infrastructure Develop­ment Department is currently carrying out surveys in three districts of Gadag, Chikmagalur and Raichur, for expanding air operations in the state. It is expected that the proposals would be completed in the next two months. In order to operate chartered air­craft and other small 8-10 sea­ter aircraft, the state is planning small airports.

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