For almost two decades now, people of Kota have been demanding a standard functioning Airport in the city.
Kota is the 3rd largest city of Rajasthan in terms of population and a major contributor to the state’s economy. Kota is also known as the Education capital of India. But it doesn’t have an airport.
The question of ‘Why Kota doesn’t have an airport’ is asked so many times that now Google has added it in its frequently asked questions list.
Where are we stuck?
Currently the Airport Authority of India manages a total of 137 Airports, which includes 103 Domestic Airports, 24 International Airports and 10 Custom Airports. Many new airports in small cities are about to start this year.
Much smaller cities in Rajasthan like Ajmer & Bikaner have functioning airports.
Airport in Kota must have begun 10 years ago, and here we are in 2022 and still no confirmed news when the work of Airport will start.
You might have heard about the proposal of the Greenfield airport which is likely to be constructed. According to the Airport Authority of India’s master plan, the Greenfield airport is to be built over 500 hectares of land.
The State Government has already allocated the land last year & Minister Shanti Dhariwal has been very vocal about it.
The construction of Airport comes under the Central Government’s jurisdiction.
Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla who is MP from Kota-Bundi constituency has also given assurances multiple times that Kota Airport work will begin soon.
Teams from the Airport Authority of India & State Government have done their inspection last year.
Of the proposed 500 hectares of land, 466.592 hectares comes under forest area of which land diversion needs to be completed.
If sources are to be believed, once the land diversion is completed, the work of the Airport could start.
What really is a Greenfield Airport?
Greenfield Airport is a term used to identify a new airport, built from scratch in a new location.
A greenfield is constructed keeping in mind of the environment and greenery and uses renewable energy sources for most of its operations.
Kota’s Greenfield will be constructed in Shambhoopura, a village near Kota.
Kota needs an airport in operations in 2025, not in 2030
A lot of infrastructure development has been going on in Kota since the past few years.
The show Kota Factory has given a distinct recognition to Kota, not just in India, but across the world.
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Chambal Riverfront, the dream project of Shanti Dhariwal will be completed by next year & it is bound to attract tourists from all over India.
Unacademy, an Ed-tech company has started its offline classroom in Kota and many more such companies are waiting to come.
The time for Kota is now! It’s not 5 years later.
And without an airport nothing would move fast.
While Om Birla & Shanti Dhariwal have both spoken up about the urgency of the matter, even saying they would cooperate on the matter, it just feels whatever is stopping the progress for Kota Airport is bad luck.
This is what they both have said –
Om Birla said, “The demand for an Airport in Kota is quite old. We are hoping that the work of a new airport will start soon.”
“We are ready to give as much land that is required to build the airport. The State Government can provide the land, but the building of an airport comes under the central government. With the support of Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla, this work can be done.”, Dhariwal said.