Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri K.C. Venugopal informed the Rajya Sabha that Government has granted `site clearance` to M/s Prakasham Airport Pvt Ltd for setting up of a Greenfield Airport at Ongole, Prakasham district in Andhra Pradesh.
In the last three years, the Government has granted `in principle` approval to three Greenfield Airport projects namely, Karaikal in Pudducherry (2011), Shirdi in Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra (2011) and Aranmula in Kerala (2012).
A Greenfield airport namely, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad has already been made functional.
Necessary action for project development, including acquisition of land and financing of the airport project is taken by the respective airport promoter.
The timeline for construction of airport projects depends upon many factors such as land acquisition, availability of mandatory clearances and financial closure by the individual operator.