First Aviation Park in Gujarat

IAS Prelims 2023

Gujarat state government has planned to set up the country’s first-ever Aviation Park at Ahemdabad having a slew of facilities including an airstrip, training school, helipad and space for setting up small manufacturing units.

According to officials of the government-owned Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure Company Ltd (GUJSAIL), this integrated park aims to raise awareness about the potential of the aviation sector among students, professionals, policy makers and business entities.

GUJSAIL, which is given the task to carry out the project, has recently identified a piece of land near Bagodara village near Ahemdabad.

According to GUJSAIL CEO Captain Ajay Chauhan, the park besides raising awareness about the aviation sector will provide a platform for manufacturing activities and human resources related to the sector.

This will be the first ever Aviation Park in India. There are hardly 3 or 4 such parks in the world. We have identified 60 hectares of land near Bagodara. Now, we will conduct a feasibility study of the location and are hoping to finalise it after procuring government’s approval by the end of this financial year.

Chauhan, who is also the Director of Civil Aviation, said the park will serve as a one-stop destination in the avenues of aerospace training, research, recreation and manufacturing.

In the initial phase, this park will serve as a platform to educate people about aviation activities. Apart from a theatre and an info-tech area, the park will have space for conducting air-shows and other aviation-related adventure sports.

For professionals, the park will have a training complex with a flight simulator, an aviation and aerospace management school, an aircrew training school, a helipad and a landing strip for smaller aircraft.