Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg airport at ParuleChipi will begin operations by the end of this year. Work on the project is expected to be completed in June this year, before the monsoon start.
Constructed by IRB Sindhudurg Airport Private Ltd. on a design-build-finance-operate-transfer (DBFOT) basis for the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), it will have a 2,500-meter runway which can be further expanded in the future.
Built at a cost of Rs 520 crores, the new airport will have the capacity to handle 200 departing and 200 passengers arriving during peak hours with expansion facilities to serve up to 400 departing and 400 arriving passengers without additional construction.
It will also have facility for international charter flights.
Construction of taxi way, apron and isolation bay has been completed and work on the airfield ground lighting in on. Construction of passenger terminal building, ATC tower and technical building is on in full swing. Construction of other ancillary buildings is in progress and will be completed on time.
This airport will provide connectivity to the Konkan region of Maharashtra, parts of Goa, North Karnataka and Western Maharashtra. At present the state of Maharashtra has three functional international and 13 domestic airports.