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Gujarat to get India’s first aviation park

To strengthen the aviation sector in Gujarat, the state government has planned to set up the country’s first-ever aviation park here, with facilities including an airstrip, training school, helipad and space for setting up small manufacturing units, among others.

According to Captain Ajay Chauhan, CEO of the government-owned Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure Company Ltd (GUJSAIL), this integrated park aims to raise the awareness about the potential of the aviation sector among students, professionals, policy makers and business entities.

GUJSAIL, tasked by the government to carry out the project, has recently identified a piece of land near Bagodara village, about 30 kms from here. It will also provide a platform for manufacturing activities and human resources related to the sector, he said.

“This will be a first ever Aviation Park in India. There are barely four such parks in the world. We have identified 60 hectare of land near Bagodara. Now, we will conduct a feasibility study and hope to finalise that location after government approval by the end of this financial year,” he said.

Chauhan, who is also the Director of Civil Aviation, said the Aviation Park will serve as a one-stop destination in the avenues of aerospace training, research, recreation and manufacturing.

He added, “We want to create a complete eco-system where everything related to aviation is available under one roof. In the initial phase, this park will provide platform for educating people about the aviation activities. Apart from a theatre and an info—tech area, the park will also have space for conducting air shows and other aviation-related adventure sports.” For professionals, the park will have a training complex with a flight simulator, aviation and aerospace management school, an aircrew training school, a helipad and a landing strip for smaller aircrafts. —IANS

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