The Steering Committee on Greenfield airports headed by Secretary, Civil Aviation has considered four new airport projects. The Committee recommended ´in-principle´ approval to three projects in Andhra Pradesh, viz., Bhogapuram, Dagadarthi (Nellore) and Orvakallu (Kurnool). The Committee also recommended ´site clearance´ to the project of Kothagudem in Telangana.
The new international airport at Bhogapuram will be developed by the state government under PPP mode at an estimated cost of Rs.2,200 crore, to cater to 6.3 million passengers per annum in the initial phase.
The other two airports in Andhra Pradesh will be developed as domestic ´no-frills´ airports with an estimated cost of Rs.88 crore each. Dagadarthi will be developed under PPP mode, whereas the project at Orvakallu will be developed by the state itself.