New Delhi, June 13 : The first meeting of the Steering Committee on Greenfield airports held here today gave 'in principle' approval to the proposals of the Government of Karnataka to set up Greenfield airports at Gulbarga, Bijapur, Hassan and Shimoga.
The meeting was headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ashok Chawla and had representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Department of Economic Affairs, Department of Revenue, Planning Commission, Indian Meteorological Department, Airport Authority and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Based on the detailed discussion, the Steering Committee granted in principle' approval to the above four projects subject to the conditions that Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) would be formalised between DGCA, Airport Authority of India and Ministry of Defence regarding air space management for the airports at Gulbarga and Bijapur in view of the existing defence operations at Pune and Bidar.
The meeting also discussed in detail the format for applications for Greenfield airports. It was decided that the three-stage approval process would be followed.
In the first stage, the proposal would be considered for the site clearance by the Steering Committee based on the suitability of the location identified and the air space management. This clearance would be granted within three months of the application being made.
Once an applicant has the site clearance it would proceed with project preparation exercise involving the preparation of Detailed Project Report, acquisition/buying of land, etc. Once the proposal is formalised, an application to the Steering committee would be made for granting 'in principle' approval to the project.
After seeking the 'in principle' approval of the Steering Committee the applicant would approach the DGCA for a licence, which would comprise of the last stage of approval for setting up of the project.
The progress of the project after grant of 'in principle' approval would be monitored by the Steering Committee and if adequate progress in implementation of the project is not made within 12 months from grant of the 'in principle' approval the said approval would be withdrawn.
On April 24, the Government had approved the policy for Greenfield airports, pursuant to which the Steering Committee was constituted to coordinate and monitor the setting up of Greenfield airports.