Andhra Pradesh govt to set up airports in Tier-2 cities

Hyderabad The Andhra Pradesh government has proposed constituting a high-level board headed by the chief minister to implement the new state Civil Aviation Policy.

The Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) drafted the CAP that envisages development of airports in Tier-2 cities of Andhra Pradesh, according to state Minister for Infrastructure and Investment Ganta Srinivasa Rao.

The CAP was discussed at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy here this afternoon.

The CAP is also aimed at encouraging the development of the civil aviation industry to "achieve a balanced growth in economy" in all regions of the state.

"The Chief Minister wanted to study the viability of proposed locations for airports by taking into consideration potential from neighbouring states if they are on the inter-state borders. It was finally decided in the meeting to complete other formalities and procedures before next assembly session," he said after the meeting.

The CAP also moots that the state facilitate development of allied activities in the civil aviation sector like aviation training and clubs., adventure sports as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) through private sector participation.

It also suggests creation of a framework for offering state support and incentives to achieve the set objectives, besides promoting helicopter services and heli-tourism by building heliports, a press release from the Chief Minister's Office said.

The state government will liaise with the Union Civil Aviation Ministry in this regard while clearances from Union ministries like defence, home affairs, environment and other departments are obtained, the release added.

Story First Published: February 12, 2013 22:36 IST

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