According to Gen. VK Singh, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, said more than Rs 2,500 crore will be spent on the Greenfield Bhogapuram airport.
GMR Visakhapatnam International Airport Limited (GVIAL), a subsidiary of GMR Airports Limited (GAL), is developing a Greenfield International Airport at Bhogapuram in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh.
This Aviation Project is based on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, on the Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Change (DBFOT) basis. The land required for the development is 2,203 hectares.
The minister also added that there will be no commercial flights at the current Visakhapatnam airport for 30 years. The aircraft stationed at Visakhapatnam is owned by the Indian Navy.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has granted GoAP a No Objection Certificate (NOC) in September 2022 for the closure of scheduled commercial activities at the Civil Enclave at the Vizag Naval Airfield (lNS Dega) for 30 years, regarding the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between AAI and GoAP, reports The Hindu.
According to Gen. Singh, the Government of India gave the Government of Andhra Pradesh “Site Clearance” in January 2016 for the construction of the Bhogapuram Greenfield Airport.
In October 2016, the Government of Andhra Pradesh received “In-Principle” approval from the Government of India for the project.
GVIAL will develop the airport in phases. Phase I of the airport’s development will be able to accommodate six million passengers per year.
The schedule for the completion of the airport project depends on various factors, including the acquisition of land, obtaining the necessary permits, financial stability, and other factors.
The proposed GreenField Airport is 45 km from Visakhapatnam on NH-16 (Old NH-5) and 25 km from Vizianagaram on NH-43. The site is located on the east coast and stands to benefit from the abundance of rivers around the country.
The development of an international airport for Visakhapatnam at Bhogapuram was first initiated by the Chandrababu Naidu government in 2014 after the state bifurcation.
CM Chandrababu Naidu had earlier proposed an aerotropolis at Bhogapuram to include aviation-related industrial units, aircraft maintenance, overhaul and overhaul (MRO), research facility and with development and testing laboratories, multi-modal logistics, exhibition and meeting centers, entertainment and entertainment. factories, aviation education and training facilities.
However, the state government led by CM YS Jagan has dropped other elements of the plan and only the international airport will be built.
Therefore, the state government has decided to reserve 500 of the total 2,703 acres of land available for the city, and give only 2,203 acres to GMR for greenfield international airport development.
Also, the Andhra Pradesh government has proposed the construction of a coastal road connecting the Visakhapatnam port terminal with the National Highway (NH)-16 at Bhogapuram via Rushikonda and Bheemunipatnam.
In July this year, Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Roads and Highways, told the Rajya Sabha that the Detailed Project Report (DPR) was being prepared for the six-lane coastal road project between of Visakhapatnam and Bhogapuram.