New Delhi: To meet growing air traffic demand, the government will soon announce a policy on construction of greenfield airports across the country. “A consolidated and updated policy on greenfield airports is under consideration of the government,” Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said in Lok Sabha during Question Hour.
When asked for a timeline, the minister said “certainly before we go for elections (Lok Sabha).”
Asked whether airport projects allow developers to use 10-15% of the allocated land for building malls and hotels, Patel said only commercial activity like setting up hotels for the convenience of passengers is allowed.
“Land use at airports owned by Airports Authority of India (AAI) is governed by the provisions of AAI Act, 1994 and local laws whereas at other airports is governed as per the local laws,” the minister said.
He said in case of Delhi, it is only 5% of the land which has been allocated for commercial use while in Mumbai it is 10%.
There is no policy as such which allows 10-15% of land for commercial use.