Greenfield airports will be developed at Orvakal (Kurnool district ), Jakaranpalli (Nizamabad), Ramagundam (Karimnagar) and Tadepalligudem (West Godavari) through private-public partnership route to ensure regional balance, improve domestic connectivity and provide linkage to Hyderabad.
A decision to this effect was taken by the Cabinet at its meeting here on Tuesday on the basis of a study made by the Airports Authority of India according to which these airports would be feasible and viable.
Sources said later said the Infrastructure & Investment Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (INCAP) would shortly notify the projects, seeking expression of interest from private parties. The parties selected would be offered incentives like land on lease, infrastructural facilities like roads, water and power. Besides, displaced families, if any, would rehabilitated at Government cost. They would be exempted from paying VAT, seignorage and land conversion charges.
Those bidders offering highest revenue to the Government would be selected. Construction of an airport would be completed in 36 months after the project was awarded to the party. The PPP conditions would be valid for 30 years extendable by another 30 months. Approvals would be secured Civil Aviation Ministry after signing the agreements.
An official spokesperson said the Chief Minister had asked ministers to avoid air travel and opt for "economy class" instead of executive class if such travels were necessary, as part of the austerity measured adopted by the Government in view of the drought.
A decision was taken that Ministers would also contribute 20 per cent of their monthly salary for drought relief from September 1. They have been asked to visit villages on Saturdays and Sundays during the season to verify the availability of drinking water, seeds, fodder etc.
The Cabinet rejected requests from private individuals to regularise pieces of lands in two different survey numbers in Banjara Hills—4 acres and 9,679 sq yards, on the ground that the applicants failed to show genuine documents. This was based on the findings made by a committee of ministers headed by D. Prasada Rao (Revenue).
The Cabinet constituted a Group of Ministers headed by A. Ramanarayan Reddy (Municipal Administration) to study a proposal to set up integrated townships near cities and towns, comprising all facilities, including schools and shops.