Govt okays Rs 4,500 cr project to revive 50 airports, airstrips

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet today approved a proposal to revive 50 unserved and under-served airports as well as airstrips at an estimated cost of Rs 4,500 crore.

With the plan, the Government is looking to enhance air connectivity to small cities and towns while the revival of such airports and airstrips would be “demand driven”.

The proposal was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“The total cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 4,500 crore. 15 airports/airstrips each would be revived during 2017-18 and 2018-19 each while 20 airports/airstrips would be revived during 2019-20,” an official release said.

As many as 50 unserved and under-served airports and airstrips of state Governments, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and civil enclaves would be covered. (AGENCIES)