The total investment in the airport sector by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and other airport developers over the next five years is around Rs 91,000 crore for expansion and renovation of existing terminals, new terminals and runway reinforcement, and other civil aviation activities . The ministry said in an official statement, claiming that under the 2008 Greenfield Airport Policy, the government has so far issued permits “in principle” to build 21 greenfield airports across the country. These include Mopa in Goa; Navi Mumbai, Shirdi and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra; Karabraji, Bijapur, Hassan and Shimoga in Karnataka; Datiya in Madhya Pradesh (Gwalior); Kushnagar and Noida (Jewar) in Uttar Pradesh; Dholera and Hirasar in Gujarat; Karakal in Pondicherry; Dagadarthi, Bhogapuram and Oravakal in Andhra Pradesh; Irgapur; Pakyong in Sikkim; Kannur in Kerala and Khorungi (Itanagar) in Arunachal Pradesh. Among them, 8 airports including Durgapur, Shirdi, Sindu Durg, Patin, Kannur, Karabraji, Oravakar and Kushnagar have been put into operation. In Bihar, AAI forecasts that 108 acres of land will be required to develop a civil enclave at Bihta Airport, which has been handed over to AAI, and the airport will require an additional 191.5 acres for runway expansion and approach lights and 8 acres for development City to accommodate wide-body aircraft for international airport operations.
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