The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has received environment clearance for extension of runway at Rajahmundry airport in Andhra Pradesh, which is estimated to cost Rs 181.45 crore. The existing airport at Madhurapudi village is currently handling about 12 operations daily and the operating capacity is about 225 passengers an hour.
The Union Mines Ministry has expressed displeasure over the unimpressive progress of mineral blocks auctioned by states, reports the Business Standard. Post auctions, little has been done to secure clearances to enable commencement of mining from such blocks.
The Steering Committee on Greenfield airports headed by Secretary, Civil Aviation has considered four new airport projects. The Committee recommended Â‘in-principleÂ’ approval to three projects in Andhra Pradesh, viz., Bhogapuram, Dagadarthi (Nellore) and Orvakallu (Kurnool).
With Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu making it clear that his governmentÂ´s immediate focus would be on the construction of Amaravati, including putting in place at the earliest a Metro rail system, the Vizag Metro Rail (VMR) project may remain in the backburner until then
Encouraged by the feat of getting almost 30,000 acres of land in only three months to build a new capital near Vijayawada, the Andhra Pradesh Government is looking at adopting the land pooling model for all large public private partnership infrastructure projects in the state.