Karwar Airport

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Coordinates: 14°38′52″N 74°19′47″E / 14.64781°N 74.32970°E / 14.64781; 74.32970 The proposed Karwar Airport will be built by the Indian Navy at Alageri village[1] near Ankola, in Karnataka. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will operate a civil enclave at the naval air base which is part of the Navy’s Rs 10,000 crore Phase 2 of Project Seabird.[2]

Naval Air Station[edit]

The naval air station is being built on 52 hectares[3] primarily to cater to the Navy's large, ship-based helicopter units and Dornier 228 aircraft that will be stationed at the base.[4] The commissioning of a Naval Air Station at Karwar will decongest INS Hansa at the nearby Dabolim Airport which is a front line Air Station that is highly congested with both operational and training flying. The resulting restrictions on civil commercial air traffic has met with opposition from civilian quarters since Goa is a popular tourist destination.[5]

Civilian Use[edit]

The Navy requires more land to expand the airport for civilian use and is waiting for the Karnataka Government to acquire more land for the construction of a runway.[1] The AAI, which carried out an inspection of the site at the request of the Karnataka Government, had given suggestions regarding orientation, location and extension of the proposed runway to 2,500 metres and also of its land requirements of an additional 75 hectares. The State Government has requested the Central Government to bear the cost of acquisition of this additional land, estimated to be Rs. 20 crores.[6][7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Project Seabird all set to enter Phase-2". Times of India. 5 December 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Indian Navy planning new air base in Karwar". Daily News & Analysis. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Expression of Interest, Project Seabird Phase 2A". Indian Navy Information Centre. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Project Seabird on course". Bharat Rakshak. 26 October 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Strategic Significance of the Naval Base INS Kadamba". South Asia Analysis Group. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Government Exploring possibilities opening of Karwar Airport for Civilian Air Services". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 19 December 2006. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Karwar Airport". Infrastructure Development Department, Government of Karnataka. Retrieved 1 May 2012.