Telangana Government to develop 6 airports, sought AAI help

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The Telangana government solicited the aid of Airport Authority of India (AAI) to built six airports in the state. The government asked to give a detailed report on an aeronautical survey for all the airports — three greenfield and three brownfield. The government has ideas to develop airports at Mamnoor near Warangal, Kothagudem and Adilabad district. While three more airports have been suggested at Basanthnagar in Peddapally, Jakranpally in Nizamabad and Gudibanda in Mahbubnagar.

It further asked the AAI if the developments are to be taken in public-private partnership (PPP) or by the state government or other tenders. However, according to the sources, the Union Ministry of defense is interested in developing Adilabad airport while the AAI in Warangal airport.

The state government which originated the airport in Shamshabad cannot develop any other airport within a 150 km radius i.e, Warangal according to the agreement it had with GMR. It is also determined that the AAI has classified an airstrip near Warangal about 157 km from Shamshabad to overcome the 150-km hurdle and there is no need to seek NOC from GMR to develop the airport by the government.

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