New Delhi: The Telangana Chief Minister, K. Chandrashekar Rao, met the Union minister of civil aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri, on 12 December and requested him to expedite the process to establish six airports in the state.
The state government has proposed to establish airports at Basantnagar in Peddapalli district, Mamnoor in Warangal urban district, Adilabad, Jakranpally in Nizamabad district, Devarkadra in Mahabubnagar district, and Bhadradri Kothagudem district.
KCR requested Mr. Puri to do the required hand-holding with the state government in finalising the sites and getting all statutory clearances on single-window basis so that the state government can commence the infrastructure work at the earliest to start non-scheduled operator's permit (NSOP) operations with its own funds at the six airports.
The Chief Minister said, "I had requested the Prime Minister immediately after the formation of Telangana in 2014 to establish five more airports in the state, as it has only one airport in Hyderabad. The government of Telangana has initiated action to create additional domestic airports based on discussions with the chairman of the Airport Authority of India and a formal proposal was sent in 2018 for giving feasibility reports."
He added, "It was indicated that in the beginning, only no-frills airports for small aircraft will be developed which may be expanded in the future for commercial operations based on demand. Though the AAI has already taken up the obstacle limitation surface survey, soil testing, and other investigations at the sites and some draft reports have recently come, the final reports are yet to be given."
In 2014, KCR wrote to the Prime Minister to set up five airports at Adilabad, Warangal, Kothagudem, Nizamabad, and Shamirpet. Later, in 2018, the Telangana government increased the number to six airports.
KCR is visiting the national capital and meeting several Union ministers. On 11 December, he met Home minister Amit Shah.