Published: Sun, June 25, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

NCR's second airport to come up in Jewar

NCR's second airport to come up in Jewar

"In principle clearance has been granted' for the airport, said Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju".

"The Greater Noida airport will see an expected footfall of around 30-50 lakh passengers every year in the next 10-15 years", he said.

In a significant development, the government has cleared the decks for the second worldwide airport in the National Capital Region (NCR).

"In Delhi, we are expecting 91 million passengers by 2020 and 109 million passengers by 2024", Raju told reporters.

"A steering committee of Union Ministry of Civil Aviation had on Friday granted site clearance in principle for the Greenfield Airport at Jewar", said UP Government spokesman and Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh in Lucknow.

The estimated cost for the construction of the first phase of the airport will be around Rs 10,000-crore.

Sinha added that the new airport will also provide seamless domestic and global connectivity to western UP with Noida, Agra, Mathura, Meerut, Vrindavan, Meerut, Moradabad and Bulandshahr likely to serve as the the catchment area for the new aerodrome.

Later the minister took to the microblogging site Twitter and said that the area notified for Noida Airport is 3000 hectares; 1st phase will be developed for 1000 hectares.

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"During the meeting, representatives of the U.P. government have confirmed to us that farmers are quite willing to provide land for airport development on a negotiated settlement basis, so there may not be any need for forcible land acquisition", Mr. Choubey said.

"We expect that the first phase of the Airport will be operational in 5 years", Sinha said.

In April, Sinha had said that the new state government in Uttar Pradesh has asked for a fresh technical evaluation for setting up a green field airport at Jewar.

He further said that UP Government and YEIDA will be preparing the Techno- Economic Feasibility Report for the project.

In 2001, the then UP chief minister Rajnath Singh proposed the idea of an airport located in Greater Noida.

The airport will be built using a public-private partnership model with GMR Infrastructure. He claimed that farmers are ready to give land for the airport project "at negotiated terms". But no progress was made in the next two years and the Samajwadi Party was elected to power.In the next five years, a tussle continued between the state and the Centre. In the case of the Navi Mumbai airport, the GVK-led Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), which won the bid to run the airport, also had a RoFR due to an existing airport at Mumbai. Amrit Pandurangi, independent aviation expert told IANS: "From users' perspective its always good to have another airport".

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

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