Civil Aviation Ministry to Prepare ‘Vision – 2035’
To further the growth in the India’s aviation sector, the Civil Aviation Ministry has decided to prepare Vision-2035. Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Civil Aviation, has reviewed the growth of airport infrastructure in India and called for preparation of a holistic “Vision - 2035” document. The vision document is expected to address issues such as congestion at airports, runways, and airspace; development of unserved and under-served airports; ways and means to boost the air connectivity to small cities and towns - thereby increasing revenues. It will further provide a direction to the economic development in these areas in terms of job creation and cargo infrastructure development.
"We are finalising a strategic vision for the aviation sector, to create state-of-art-infrastructure with best technology, to develop local human resource, to move fast so that India leads the world in air traffic growth," Suresh Prabhu was quoted as saying in a tweet by the Civil Aviation Ministry. Observing that growth of airport infrastructure in many places has not kept pace with the passenger traffic, Prabhu has urged AAI and other Airport operators to bolster their efforts to build new infrastructure and to expand existing airports to enhance the facilities available, keeping in view the pace of growth of Indian aviation sector.
Major airports in cities like Delhi and Mumbai are already facing issues of runways and airspace constraints. The minister has asked the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to hasten the pace of infrastructure creation to decongest the airports and meet passenger growth, which stood at about 28 per cent last month.
The minister has also reviewed the on-going and planned expansion works at various airports such as Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Goa, Pune, Lucknow, Trivandrum, Guwahati, Jaipur, Calicut, Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneshwar, Patna, Coimbatore, Srinagar, Varanasi Chandigarh, Indore, Mangaluru, Amritsar and Bagdora. He has examined the capacity of each airport against the number of passengers travelled and reviewed the measures being taken to decongest them.
He has noted the issues arising in expanding the existing airports as well as in constructing the new ones in different States and said that he would take up those issues with respective State Governments. The officials have been asked to suggest innovative land acquisition methods - a serious problem faced at many cities. The review meeting was attended by the Secretary of Civil Aviation along with other senior officers.
The ministry had earlier indicated that the airport sector in the country will see an investment of up to Rs. one Lakh Crores in the next five years. The investments would be made for upgrading existing infrastructure at airports and building greenfield airports by the AAI and private companies.