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The Fedara International Airport is a proposed international airport near Fedara in Gujarat state in India. This airport will be the largest airport in India with a total area of 7,500 hectares. Earlier 1,700 hectares land was proposed near Pachham - Vilanda - Pipli stretch of Dandhuka taluka by the Gujarat state government.

One of the biggest private port has been planned by Adani group near Dholera which is close to this airport. 1,000 hectares of land out of 7,500 hectares will be near Dholera. Adani group has also proposed 30 Km road stretch from Dholera to Fedara. An express highway has been proposed connecting Bhavnagar to Ahmedabad via Dholera and Fedara. This highway will be of four-lanes. This airport will cost 15,000 Crores


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Federa airport gets AAI nod

AHMEDABAD: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has given the much-needed technical clearance to the greenfield international airport at Federa village, 85 km from Ahmedabad. There is also a plan to connect the present Sardar Patel International airport to the new one at Federa.

A seven-member aviation team of the AAI had visited the greenfield project site last month and had sought basic trade and commerce-related details in the region from the Gujarat Chamber for Commerce and Industries (GCCI).

Federa was earmarked by the state government for the development of the airport two years ago because of its strategic importance. It has a logistic proximity to Dholera, which falls under the influence of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and is also close to two major Special Investment Regions (SIR), planned at Sanand and Changodar.

The airport, spread over 28 sq km, will have two different runways for takeoff and landing totalling 4.5 km. A highly placed source at AAI, Ahmedabad said, "AAI has given its in-principle approval for the airport and has categorically said the airport is technically viable for both passenger and cargo flights."

A senior officer of the urban development department said, "Transit oriented development is possible along the Ahmedabad-Dholera corridor and its viability has been examined by the state government."

AAI officials add that a person who gets down at any one of the airports and wants to board the flight from the other one, would get a direct metro train for the next destination. He said the route would be worked out in co-ordination with the corporation and state government. The possibility of changing trains was also not ruled out.

The AAI team was headed by R Rajshekhar, the other members being DP Singh, an expert on traffic potential size of airports, Rajiv Jain, an expert in cost of infrastructure development and PC Mital for airport architecture design. The team took two weeks to submit a Techno Economic Feasibility Report (TEFR).

Officials say the Federa airport would help share flight loads. Officials said that once the airport is operationalised, Ahmedabad would be the only city to have two world-class international airports in the country.

Source:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...AAI-nod/articleshow/5558624.cms#ixzz16BJD0dOn
 

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Up coming vibrant summit will be crucial.!!

It seems to me that up coming Vibrant gujarat summit in januarry more focus for Dholera SIR region including the Fedara Int. Airport.
I guess we will get Clear picture of New airport by this time. :)
 

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I see no reason why the wanna build another airport in Gujarat. As it is all the airports in the state including Surat, Vadodara & Ahmedabad are under-utilized anywayz. And to top that you have 2 new huge airports coming up in Bombay. It would have been so much better if the govt wud put all that effort in making the hi-speed rail dream come tru between Bombay-Ahmedabad-Delhi. But then again its India where they always get the prorities wrong.
 

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I see no reason why the wanna build another airport in Gujarat. As it is all the airports in the state including Surat, Vadodara & Ahmedabad are under-utilized anywayz. And to top that you have 2 new huge airports coming up in Bombay. It would have been so much better if the govt wud put all that effort in making the hi-speed rail dream come tru between Bombay-Ahmedabad-Delhi. But then again its India where they always get the prorities wrong.
You were right on target but missed it. We ned both the airports and high speed rail link. Rail link because its a cheaper option for goods and passenger to move. And a industrialized state like Gujarat must have a high speed connectivity with rest of India for import/export, supplying and transportation to rest of the country.

But, we also need more and more Airports as like India Gujarat is developing or may i say developing more repidly now you will a huge jump in air passengers you can't dig a well when you are thirsty .......right.

Also, the airport is for future not for current need. And yeah..we can build plain jane airports instead of investing huge mullah in making it a premium mall.
 

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the idea is to make dholera the global hub for business so it was realised that there is a need of airport.. therefore a special airport is needed
 

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Well New dholera Airport is more in demand as per its geological location.
1. Dholera airport will be in mid of all the important cities like Rajko,Bhav nagar ,Ahmedbabd ,Ndiad annand and Vadodara.
2. Gujarat government is upgrading major public private ports to mkae more cargo activities surround this region , so we need dholera also as cargo hub.
3. the Dholera location is perfect in between Mumbai -delhi corridor. looking in to geographic values it makes sense to have large airport like dholera.
4. coming next 10 years ahmedabd current airport will unable to handle the interanationla traffic .

so i see desperate need of dholera airport in coming few years.
 

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Oldish Report:

Dholera Airport will need Jairam Rameshs approval - Process initiated

The Airport Authority of India has started process for environment clearance to proposed Dholera airport near Ahmedabad.

Proposed Dholera airport is about 100 km away from the city of Ahmedabad.

The proposed airport has already received various clearances from aerospace to defense. However the next big task is to receive clearance from central environment and forest ministry.

The ministry is led by minister Jayram Ramesh, who is very strict when it comes to environment related matters. Ramesh has not granted clearance to Navi Mumbai airport even after great political pressure.

In such situation, environment clearance process is very important and crucial for Dholera airport. The actual construction work on ground will be possible to start, only after environment clearance is received.

The Airport Authority of India has issued a notice inviting application for shortlisting of consultant for environment impact study of proposed Dholera airport.

The consultants will carry out Environment Impact Study / Environment Management Plan for the project and obtaining clearance from Gujarat State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) & Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India (MOEF) for the work of “DEVELOPMENT OF NEW GREEN FIELD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT DHOLERA NEAR AHMEDABAD, GUJARATwith period of completion 7 (Seven) Months.

The AAI wants consultant who have satisfactorily carried out (Phase/Part completion of the scope of work in a contract shall not be considered) at least two works for Environment Impact Study (EIS) for Airport / Social Economical Zone (SEZ) project / IT park project and other similar infrastructure projects in India during the last seven years.

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State govt approves spv for Dholera International Airport

The state Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to constitute a special purpose vehicle (SPV) exclusively designed for developing the Dholera international airport.

“It (SPV) will be headed by the principal secretary, Industries,” said government spokesperson and Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas.

The SPV with an initial corpus of Rs 200 crore has already bagged air space clearance from both the Union Civil Aviation Ministry and the Union Ministry of Defence for developing the airport,” he added.

After the initial stages, the SPV could be opened for private participation to carry out development of the airport on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, he said.

The state government has already earmarked 1,700 hectares of land for this greenfield airport, proposed near the Dholera Special Investment Region, around 85 kilometres from here, from where considerable portion of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) passes through.

A lot of domestic and international companies in sectors like logistics, chemicals and dyes have offered to set up their units in the Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR), proposed by the government, which makes it a relevant site for setting up an airport, industry sources said.
Tender Document for EIA can be seen here

GIDB have a decent summary of whats (not) been going on so far click

May 2011 will be when the detailed report is completed for MoEF, but FWIW, the GIDB website states:

"AAI team has visited the above land sites and as mentioned in its technical feasibility/site suitability report, the site of Navagam appears suitable for airport project as it is flat, contiguous, obstacle free and without creek"
 

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blurb in the 31st March DMIC status proforma:

The site clearance for the development of Greenfield International Airport near Dholera has been obtained. The process of environment clearance would be taken up by the Airport Authority of India who are currently preparing the Detailed Project Report of the Airport completed by the Airport Authority of India. The technical studies for the establishment of International Airport are being conducted on the site. Form 1A proposed ToR for environment clearance for the Airport submitted by the DMICDC to MoEF.

The State is also moving ahead with the implementation of a greenfield expressway from Ahmedabad to Dholera.

Regarding the expressway mentioned above, the GSRDC recently issued a RFP for a consultant to prepare the DPR:


- Published March 28
 

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Federa airport grounded?


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Gandhinagar: Federa airport is suffering from birth pangs. After earmarking 7,500 hectares for the project, the state government is still constrained for space. Sources in the Gujarat government have revealed that the airport has been denied environmental clearance (EC), informally, as the coastal regulatory zone (CRZ) notification of 2010 had rendered the
current plan impossible.
The development is bound to hit the state’s aspiration to benefit from DMIC — Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor — project to the desired extent.

A senior official in the state government told TOI that the runway planned and subsequently approved by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) over two years back is too near the coast and falls under CRZ I category. No development is allowed on the coastal area falling in this category.

“It was the most appropriate alignment for airport and the main runway, given the wind direction in the region and proximity with the existing international airport,” the official said, adding, “the tract of the land was naturally suited for the purpose.”

To seek a new alignment is going to be a difficult task, but there is no other option as the Union ministry for environment and forest has made it clear that it is not going to make any concessions for Gujarat, the official said.
“We came to know of the demarcated area coming under CRZ notification norms only after a private consultant appointed to obtain EC started the process in April 2011,” he claimed.

The state has been complaining of bias on the part of the Centre in denying the permission to build the international airport. “Navi Mumbai airport was permitted despite the fact that large tracts of mangroves are to be destroyed, a hill to be cut and flow of a river to be redirected. Our plan won’t have such drastic impact on the ecosystem of the area,” the official asserted.

Chief minister Narendra Modi had written a letter to Union environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan almost a year back, but is yet to hear back anything on this issue.

“We are now looking at the different options, mainly of realigning the runway. Only when the state is sure of succeeding, will it approach the Centre formally seeking the EC for the airport project,” the official said.

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I just hope the stupid UPA govt goes, preferably next year itself. I am not rooting for Modi, anyone will do. How can they do this?? Permit Navi Mumbai airport and deny Federa. Just because it is close to water. Many great airports in the world have been made on artificial islands.... :wallbash:
 

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Federa Airport seems to be almost 12-15 kms from the coast. Now compare this with Navi Mumbai Airport which is just 2-3 kms from the sea, Chattrapati Shivaji Airport which is under 2 kms from the coast and Thiruvananthpuram Airport which is barely 1 km from the beach. How about those, how did they get clearance, because they were close to a city ??

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Federa Airport seems to be almost 12-15 kms from the coast. Now compare this with Navi Mumbai Airport which is just 2-3 kms from the sea, Chattrapati Shivaji Airport which is under 2 kms from the coast and Thiruvananthpuram Airport which is barely 1 km from the beach. How about those, how did they get clearance, because they were close to a city ??

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Congress is known for it's double standard policy and Partiality...
 

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But this is just open blasphemy... Like they are openly saying that we will support Navi Mumbai, but Federa can go to hell, do what you can do... :bash:
 

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I think it may be better to wait for some official confirmation of this (election year etc), the whole thing just makes no sense at all. If MoEF decision has been made, it will show up on the next monthly review of the DMIC project on the Dept of Industrial Policy and Promotion website.

If you look at the massive 24mb 315page overall masterplan for Dholera, they go into so much detail about CRZ mapping and regulations. Whilst its no secret that over 1/3 of the land they need to acquire will fall under CRZ, its really difficult to believe they would have been stupid enough to then plan to put the Airport on CRZ land.

Even this whole idea of how GIFT requires the demolishing of Ahmedabad Airport once Fedara is built has actually never been mentioned anywhere else apart from that one original article. Nothing from AAI side, nothing from GIFT/Guj Govt side. Whole idea just seems idiotic.

All we know for sure is that GIFT requires AAI clearance for buildings above 122mtrs and that the Airport for the Dholera-SIR has recieved all clearances except MoEF.
 

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One other reliable source is CE 079's visit to GIFT, where they told him that Federa airport is u/c and that indeed SVPIA will have to go :-


Good News - New airport for Ahmedabad i.e Fedra is u/c and GIFT City bares 25% of the cost of the project.

Bad News - After 3-4 years Amdavadis have to travel 2hrs (85km) down the way to Fedra just to catch flight for Mumbai :nuts:
The spokesperson from GIFT has said to us -

Existing airport is problem for Diamond Tower & Gateway towers and other 2-3 towers of same height only. So how much important this towers are for GIFT that they don't want to compromise. :cheers:

GIFT will bare 25% costs of the new airport as due to GIFT only airport is changing.

Work on the new airport has already been started. :)

:cheers:
 

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That just makes things more confusing :dunno:

If GIFT officials are so sure SVPIA will need to be demolished, then what is the point of Metro connectivity to it?

If SVPIA needs to be demolished to allow the tallest towers of GIFT (Diamond: 405m, Gateway: 350m x2), does that mean AAI dont have an issue with towers under 300m? Next tallest block in GIFT is Crystal Towers at 276m.

If the site for the new Airport has somehow ended up being in CRZ, it will take a couple of years for a new site to get to the stage we are at right now. For the current site, once acquired, it took AAI 20months to prepare a DPR and then what looks like 6months to get a decision from MoEF. The back up plan Guj Govt have identified seems to be closer to to Ahmedabad than to Dholera, which is probably a good thing if SVPIA needs to go.
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A new airport in Dholera SIR is required to cope with the highest annual growth in traffic at Ahmedabad airport and to absorb the future growth of this special investment region. It is predicted that this airport will be a world class international airport and also serve the adjoining cities Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Vadodara, Anand, Nadiyad and Rajkot. Road and rail infrastructure will be required to serve the new airport.

The state Government has apparently already purchased 1700 hectares of land suitable for such a project but there are other suitable sites being considered including at Navagam which is about 20 km south west of the proposed Dholera SIR site.

The Dholera airport project would be developed as joint venture project having equity partnership of AAI and state or it can be a BOT model with 100 % equity ownership by developer. The Greenfield Airport policy clearly states that any Greenfield airport should be undertaken in PPP mode.
One mistake in that report is that Navagam is 20km SW of Ahmedabad, not Dholera. Navagam is on NH8, which is currently being widened, NE1 also gives better connectivity to Vadodara than SVPIA or Fedara would have.

 

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Nothing is making sense here...

The airport needs to be between Navagam and Federa, that way it will be at equal distances from both Ahmedabad and Dholera.
 

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I like the Fedara alignment better. Except for Amdavadis who would naturally prefer the airport closer to the city, for others from Vadodra, Rajkot, Bhavnagar etc it doesn't make a whole lot of difference.

However for Surti's and from Bharuch, having the airport closer to the coast opens the possibility for Water shuttle. In fact, a Surat-Fedara service might reach critical mass if a massive airport combined with Cargo hub was available.

Since this airport won't lie in any particular city will prevent any ego's from decision making.
 

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Dholera and Surat will be divided by the Kalpasar Dam, if and when it is built.

So then it does'nt matter whether the airport is closer to Surat or not.

For both Vadodara and Rajkot, as you said, it does'nt matter if the airport is closer to AMD or Dholera. And also remember that AMD may lose its airport, but both Rajkot and Vadodara will retain theirs...
 

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If Fedara takes off and AMD looses it's airport, Fedara will become a mega airport. At that point, Vadodra will simply become a feeder airport for Bombay for instance. So will Rajkot, Bhavnagar and so forth.

I would think Fedara will give even some middle-east hubs a run for their money for India traffic. Maybe SE Asia traffic as well, but that would be a long shot (require a strong domestic airline).
 
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