The State Government of Madhya Pradesh has revealed its huge ambitions to build a new Greenfield International Airport at Ujjain. The Government has identified the land for construction. The handling capacity of this airport is expected to be more than that of the current Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Greenfield Airport with Five Runways
Madhya Pradesh is a state located in Central India, also called the ‘Heart of India’ because of its location. After the conclusion of recently held elections, Madhya Pradesh has got a new Chief Minister in the form of Mohan Yadav. Mr Yadav is a Member of Parliament from South Ujjain. Soon after becoming the state leader, Mohan Yadav gave good news in terms of the aviation infrastructure of the state.
He announced that a new greenfield airport will be developed in Ujjain. A land parcel of 10,000 acres has been identified between the cities of Ujjain and Dewas. Ujjain and Dewas have a distance of 48 kilometers between both cities. This airport is expected to have a total of 5 runways. For context, Delhi Airport is the largest airport in India and it has four runways. You might be wondering why is an airport with five runways needed for a city with less than 10 lakh population.
Replacement of Indore Airport
Indore is located 70 kilometers away from Ujjain. Both cities are connected by one of the best rail and bus networks. I am a resident of Ujjain and I can confirm that every 10-15 minutes, a bus leaves from Nanakheda Bus Stand for Indore. Indore has an international airport capable of handling 394 domestic flights weekly. The airport is built upon 750 acres and the government wanted to expand it. Here is the trick.
To expand Indore Airport, the land area demanded by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is 2,314 acres. As per a feasibility report conducted by AAI engineers, it is more logical to build a new airport rather than spend money on the expansion of the current Indore Airport. The cost of building a new airport is less than expanding Indore Airport.
According to Sanjay Kumar Shukla, Principal Secretary of the Madhya Pradesh government’s Department of Industrial Policy, Chief Minister Mohan Yadav has instructed the officials to move the land acquisition and development project along more quickly.
He added: The Airports Authority of India requested new land acquisition to expand Devi Ahilya Airport, however, it was discovered that this would come with a higher price tag than creating a new international airport. Consequently, the idea to create a new greenfield airport was raised. Once constructed, the new airport would spur economic growth throughout the entire region.
As a resident of Ujjain, I want to place my opinion here. I would be happy if such an airport is built in Ujjain. But my opinion is that it is way too much. Airports are coming up in Guna and Rewa as well. Within the vicinity of 300 kilometers, there is Bhopal Airport.
Secondly, what is the traffic source? Ujjain is known for the Mahakaleshwar Temple. It can bring traffic to the airport but again, five runways are too much. Ujjain Airport will not get this much traffic at least in the near future.
One positive is that this airport will be located between Ujjain and Dewas. As a result of this, people from nearby cities like Shajapur, Shujalpur, Maksi, Dewas, Ujjain, and Indore will get easy connectivity to the airport. As per Sanjay Kumar Shukla, to further strengthen the local economy, a 360-degree industrial ring would be constructed approximately an hour’s drive from the planned greenfield airport.
Only time will tell whether an airport with five runways is built at Ujjain or not. Let us wait and watch.
Source: India Today