New aviation policy by Q1 of 2008: Praful Patel

New Delhi: The government will notify its new aviation policy by the first quarter of 2008, which is expected to facilitate the creation of a number of regional airports by next year and a few mega airports over the next decade. According to the civil aviation minister, Praful Patel, the policy will prescribe guidelines to state governments, private investors and Airport Authority of India (AAI) for the construction of airports.

“The government is formulating a policy which would allow entrepreneurs to set up merchant airports supported by the concept of aerotropolis. The matter was sent to the committee on infrastructure, which later referred it to the inter-ministerial group (IMG). The IMG had later prepared a broad set of guidelines for the policy,” Patel informed media persons at a conference organised by industry body Assocham.

According to Patel, the entire process of clearing the proposed guidelines will take 2-3 months as the IMG guidelines have been sent to the committee on infrastructure, which is headed by the prime minister. Once cleared by this committee it would then be put up before the Union Cabinet.

The new policy will also have provisions to construct aerotropolis’ in major metros.