Bhogapuram Airport

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Bhogapuram International Airport
GMR Visakhapatnam International Airport logo.png
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerGMR Group
ServesVisakhapatnam
LocationBhogapuram, Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates18°01′51″N 83°29′37″E / 18.0307°N 83.4937°E / 18.0307; 83.4937Coordinates: 18°01′51″N 83°29′37″E / 18.0307°N 83.4937°E / 18.0307; 83.4937
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12,467 3,800

Bhogapuram International Airport is a proposed greenfield international airport project to be built near Bhogapuram in Vizianagaram district, about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north-east of Visakhapatnam.

History[edit]

Planning[edit]

There was a proposal for setting up a greenfield airport under the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh state at Visakhapatnam. Alternate sites like Bheemunipatnam, Sabbavaram, Atchutapuram and Koruprolu were also considered. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) gave its technical approval of the project site in June 2015.[1] The request for proposals (RFP) for the project was issued in July 2016, and AAI and the GMR Group submitted their technical and financial bids in August 2017.[2]

The current Visakhapatnam Airport is a civil enclave on a naval airfield, while the Navy proposed the flying slots for civilians in the existing airport and hence suffers from constraints.[3][4]

Construction[edit]

The airport's foundation stone was laid by the government of Andhra Pradesh on 14 February 2019,[5][6] with initial plans to develop the mega aerotropolis on an estimated 5,311 acres of land, consisting of Bhogapuram Airport, cargo facilities, an MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) facility and an aviation academy. The government has acquired 2,703 acres of land because of land agitation from locals,[7] including 1,673 acres of government land allotted for the project.[8]

An in-principle approval has been granted for the project, that would be developed by the government of Andhra Pradesh under a PPP basis.[9] A pre-bid meeting was held in August 2018, for which 13 developers showed interest in developing this airport. The government finally approved the GMR Group,[10] who also operates the international airports of Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad.

However, the successive YSRCP government fixed 2,200 acres to GMR Group and reduced the land for the purpose while keeping aside 500 acres of land under the control of state government with no official reasons mentioned.[8] The airport would be constructed on a final 2,200-acre site in and around Bhogapuram that serves the city of Visakhapatnam. It would be built by GMR Visakhapatnam International Airport Limited (GVIAL), a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) owned by the GMR Group that was set up in June 2020.[11] The project would be taken up in the public–private partnership (PPP) mode with the state holding a stake in the form of land holdings.[12]

In September 2022, Indian Navy officials have agreed to move the Visakhapatnam Airport to Bhogapuram. Regarding this, Indian Navy and Andhra Pradesh Airports Development Corporation Limited (APADCL) officials has signed a MOU in New Delhi. On the other hand, only 28 more acres have to be collected for construction in Bhogapuram. The trial in the court cases on this issue has been completed and the verdict is in reserve.[13][14] The airport's construction is expected to start by the end of 2022, and is expected to be completed by December 2024. Upon completion of Phase 1, the terminal handling capacity is expected to be 6.3 million passengers per year, and will rise to 18 million passengers per year upon completion of Phase 2.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NAAI nod for Bhogapuram Airport Plan, says Minister". The Hindu. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Airports Authority of India, GMR in race to bag Bhogapuram airport project". The Times of India. 20 August 2017. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Greenfield International Airport to come up at Bhogapuram in Vizag". The Hindu Business Line. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Green Nod to Rs 2000 Crore Bhogapuram International Airport project in Andhra Pradesh". NDTV. 21 August 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2022.
  5. ^ "Chief minister Chandrababu laid Foundation stone for Bhogapuram International Airport near Vizag". www.thenewsminute.com. 15 February 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Foundation stone laid for Bhogapuram Airport near Visakhapatnam". Vizag -. 15 February 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Bhogapuram: suitable package for ryots being evolved, says C.M." The Hindu. 1 September 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Cabinet fixes 2,200 acres of land for Bhogapuram airport project". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Andhra Pradesh: Govt panel clears three new airports in Andhra Pradesh | Delhi News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  10. ^ "GMR bags the bid to build Bhogapuram airport in Vizag". Vizag -. 27 February 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Andhra Pradesh government drops aerotropolis in Vizag,airport alone to be built". Economic Times.
  12. ^ "AP plans aerotropolis at Bhogapuram". The Times of India. 14 March 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Bhogapuram Airport to start soon". Eenadu. 5 September 2022. Retrieved 28 September 2022.
  14. ^ "Top priority to early completion of land acquisition for Bhogapuram Airport at Bhogapuram". The Hindu. 20 September 2022. Retrieved 28 September 2022.