Delhi, Mumbai to have 3 airports each, 31 cities to get 2nd one by 2040
At least 31 cities in India will have two airports by 2040 while Delhi and Mumbai will have a third airport by then, according to a vision document released by the ministry of civil aviation on Tuesday.
The report released at Global Aviation Summit in Mumbai says most of the large Indian airports are expected to be saturated over the next 10-15 years.
Hindustan Times had on November 1 reported that at least 20 cities in India would require a second airport by 2030, quoting the initial findings of a study by the civil aviation ministry.
“ In leading regions like Delhi and Mumbai even the second airports are likely to be saturated by 2040 and will require a third airport. India’s commercial airline fleet is likely to grow from 622 in March 2018 to around 2,359 in March 2040 ,” said a civil aviation ministry official, quoting the “Vision 2040” document released by the ministry.
“India may have around 190-200 operational airports in 2040. The incremental land requirement is expected to be around 150,000 acres and the capital investment (not including cost of acquiring land) is expected to be $40-50 billion,” the official added.
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The report says that the total capital expenditure for brownfield [upgrading existing projects] and greenfield [new projects] capacity expansion in India until 2040 is conservatively expected to be in the range of $40-50 billion.
Another civil aviation ministry official said that the government may consider establishing a NABH Nirman Fund (NNF) with a starting corpus of around $2 billion to support low traffic airports in their initial phases. NABH stands for Next Generation Airports for Bharat. The concept of land pooling may be used to keep land acquisition costs low and to provide landowners with high value developed plots in the vicinity of the airports.
HT had reported that Mumbai, Delhi, Goa, Visakhapatnam, Jaipur, Pune, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Patna, Kolkata and Bengaluru are among cities that will need a second airport by 2030. By 2035, more cities will join this list. The ministry will now write to respective state governments, sharing the information and asking them to identify land for a new airport at least five years before the airport reaches its capacity.
India’s airports currently handle 183.90 million passengers a year, according to the 2017-18 data released by the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The number has grown in recent years — from 134.98 million in 2015-16 to 158.43 million in 2016-17.
This year, it is expected to cross 200 million. Some of the bigger airports are already operating in excess of their capacity. For instance, the Delhi airport handled 63.5 million passengers in 2017, and is expected to reach 70 million this year and will start operating beyond its capacity. It is also among the busiest airports worldwide, according to Airports Council International (ACI), the global trade representative of the airport authorities.
“It is good that ministry has kept 2040 in mind as aviation infrastructure should last generations. The way growth is going, Mumbai will need third airport and they should start thinking about it now,” said Kapil Kaul, CEO & director of CAPA South Asia, which provides market intelligence for the aviation and travel industry.
India will also have a robust commercial aircraft manufacturing ecosystem with global collaboration. It will meet at least 70% of the country’s commercial aircraft demand and also export to other countries.
Delhi Police Arrest Three in Wine Shop Burglary Case, Including Bangladeshi National
New Delhi: In a significant development, the Delhi police apprehended three individuals, including a Bangladeshi national, in connection with a recent burglary at a wine shop in Krishna Nagar police station area. The arrests were made in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, as confirmed by the police on Saturday.
The arrested individuals have been identified as Bilal, a Bangladeshi national, and Mohd Gazi Sheikh and Shaikh, both hailing from West Bengal, according to officials.
The incident came to light when the victim, Wasim Abbas Naqvi, a resident of Shahdara, Delhi, approached the police on April 25 to file a complaint. Naqvi reported that unidentified culprits had entered the wine shop by digging a hole in the roof, subsequently breaking the lock of the Almirah and stealing a significant amount of money.
Following the complaint, a case was registered under sections 457/380/411/34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Krishna Nagar police station, considering the gravity of the matter and the unusual method employed by the perpetrators.
A joint team comprising TST Shahdara and Crack Team Krishna Nagar was formed to investigate the case. The initial stage of the investigation involved the analysis of more than 50 CCTV footage obtained from the vicinity of the crime scene.
Preliminary findings from the CCTV footage revealed that three to four individuals had arrived at the wine shop on foot around 1:30 am. They accessed the vacant area above the store and executed the burglary by digging a hole. However, due to the late hour, no further leads were immediately apparent regarding their escape route.
Taking a technical approach, ASI Deepak Kumar from the Technical Surveillance team analyzed thousands of mobile numbers, eventually shortlisting 150 potential suspects. These numbers were subjected to further examination, including analysis of Call Detail Records (CDRs), Subscriber Detail Records (SDRs), dossiers, and social media profiles. This meticulous analysis aided in identifying each of the accused individuals.
Following the identification process, a multi-layered CDR analysis was conducted on the suspects, leading to the planning of targeted raids for their apprehension. The accused individuals were found to be residing in sensitive areas of Loni and Pasonda.
The Crack Team Krishna Nagar then initiated field operations and executed the raids with the utmost sensitivity, considering the sensitive nature of the locations involved. As a result, all the accused individuals were successfully apprehended. The police recovered a sum of INR 44,700, along with the clothes and shoes worn during the burglary, a mobile phone, and a scooter that were purchased using the stolen money and utilized during the crime.
The Delhi police expressed their satisfaction with the outcome of the operation, highlighting the successful collaboration between various teams and the utilization of advanced investigative techniques. The arrested individuals will now face legal proceedings as per the law.
Woman found dead in under construction building in Delhi’s Sonia Vihar
On Saturday, officers reported the discovery of a deceased 30-year-old woman in an under-construction building located in Sonia Vihar, Northeast Delhi. The woman, identified as Meena Giri, was a mother of three children and a resident of Sonia Vihar.
According to DCP (Northeast) Joy Tirkey, a PCR call was received at 10:34 am on Saturday, reporting the finding of a woman’s body with visible blood on her head and face in a building under construction in Sonia Vihar. Meena Giri and her husband, Kripa Shankar, originally hailed from Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. “As per Kripa Shankar’s statement, Meena had been missing since 7 pm on Friday,” stated the police.
Authorities have identified a worker in the area as the primary suspect. It is suspected that the woman and the accused were acquaintances who engaged in an argument over a certain matter. Allegedly, in a fit of rage, the accused fatally assaulted Meena with a heavy object.
Delhi Crime Branch Takes Down Drug Dealers: 43 Arrested, Narcotics Worth Crores Seized
The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police announced on Sunday that it has apprehended more than 43 individuals and confiscated drugs valued at Rs 1-2 crore. These actions were carried out through simultaneous raids conducted at 100 different locations across the national capital under the initiative named Operation Kawach.
According to police sources, they have also identified more than 64 hotspots within the city where the sale and consumption of drugs such as heroin, MDMA, ganja, and other narcotics are prevalent. It has been reported that a significant number of the apprehended individuals were specifically targeting school and college students.
Since January, the Delhi Police have been actively engaged in combating drug abuse, as well as detecting and preventing its spread among both young children and adults. These efforts have been undertaken under the guidance of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Ravindra Singh Yadav, the Special Commissioner of Police (Crime), stated, “We have carried out our actions in accordance with the directives of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Anti-Narcotics Task Force (ANTF). Over the past five months, we have arrested 534 offenders in 412 NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) cases. In the process, we have successfully recovered approximately 35 kg of heroin/smack, 15 kg of cocaine, 1,500 kg of ganja, 230 kg of opium, 10 kg of charas, and 20 kg of poppy husk.”
To increase their effectiveness, the police formed 80 specialized teams and instructed field officers to apprehend more offenders. Between May 12 and 13, these teams conducted raids at 100 locations, leading to the arrest of over 43 drug peddlers.
Yadav further added, “This operation was a collaborative effort involving the district police. We utilized undercover officers, surveillance teams, canine squads, and intelligence teams for assistance. Our operation successfully targeted drug dealers at both the street-level and higher levels in Delhi.”
The majority of the drug recoveries were made in the areas of North Delhi, Rohini, Dwarka, and East Delhi.
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