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Environment ministry panel clears to airports at Ajmer, Belgaum

A high-level environment ministry panel has accorded green signal to the development of no-frill airports at Kishangarh in Rajasthan's Ajmer and Belgaum in Karnataka. 

The expert appraisal committee for projects related to Infrastructure Development, however, did not express a lenient view towards Airport Authority of India's proposal to have a greenfield airport at Holongi river plain in Arunachal Pradesh, sources said. 

The AAI approached the environment ministry to upgrade and modernise the existing Belgaum airport to facilitate operations of four flights of A-321 aircrafts per day.

Currently, it handles ATR-72 aircraft only. An MoU has been signed between the state government and AAI for the modernization of Belgaum airport.  

The area of the existing airport is 360.34 acres and additional land having 370 acres area has been provided for the expansion phase by the state government. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 293.35 crore. 

The airport will be developed for safe operation of A-321 aircraft by development of a new runway and a terminal building to handle 200 peak hour passengers, apron, air traffic controller, runway end safety, apron, isolation bay, fire fighting equipments, rainwater harvesting and sewage treatment plant etc. 
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