The civil aviation ministry has approved a proposal of the Haryana government for building a greenfield cargo airport for international operations at Meham in Rohtak district of the state.
The proposal, sent through Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (HSIIDC), came up for discussion at a meeting of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and union minister of civil aviation Ajit Singh in New Delhi today.
Hooda said an area of about 2,770 acres of land has already been identified for the project, which would be purchased from the private parties. The state government has assured the center that it would take care of the displaced population as per the rehabilitation policy of the Haryana government.
The civil aviation ministry has examined the proposal and held consultations with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for grant of site clearance. Both the AAI and the DGCA have recommended the proposal.
Hooda is now pitching for civilian airports at Karnal and Hisar, which, he said, would cater to needs of a large number of people in adjoining areas. Hooda offered to provide land for these airports as well.
Ajit Singh assured Hooda that the centre would consider the state's request positively. He asked AAI to deploy a team to conduct survey of the land in collaboration with state officials for the projects.