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New Delhi : Minister for Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, on July 27, 2018, reviewed the on-going work of the greenfield airports at Parule Chipi at Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri in Maharashtra.The Minister was informed that construction of taxi way, apron and isolation bay has been completed and work on the airfield ground lighting is on. Eighty percent work on construction of passenger terminal building, ATC tower and technical building has been completed and the remaining work will be finished in a month’s time.

The work on construction of ancillary buildings is almost nearing completion and will take a month to finish. Sindhudurg airport will have a 2,500-meter runway which has provision for future development.

During the meeting, the Minister said that air-connectivity to the Konkan region fulfils the objectives of UDAN-RCS (Ude Deshka Aam Naagrik- Regional Connectivity Scheme) of Government of India which will let the common citizen of the country fly and make air travel at affordable rate, give a boost to inclusive economic development, job growth and air transport infrastructure development, according to a PIB release.

The Minister also said that the construction of the Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri airports will not only provide better connectivity to the Konkan region of Maharashtra but also boost tourism in this scenic area of the State. Connectivity to the areas of north Karnataka, western Maharashtra and parts of Goa will also improve with the construction of these two airports in the Konkan region.

The Minister was informed that due to issue of land offer, progress of work of Ratnagiri airport is affected. The Minister directed the officials concerned to take up the matter with their counterparts in the Government of Maharashtra. He also informed that he will personally speak to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra to solve the issue.

The Sindhudurg airport is being built at an approximate cost of Rs 520 crore. At present the state of Maharashtra has three functional international and 13 domestic airports.

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