Thursday, April 27, 2017

Rites to conduct survey for Jewar airport

The proposed Jewar international airport project is gaining momentum. Days after chief minister Yogi Adityanath revived the project, Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) on Wednesday appointed engineering consultancy company RITES to conduct an obstacle limitation survey (OLS) for the same. The move came in the wake of the state civil aviation department asking YEIDA to get the process started immediately.
According to YEIDA officials, they have received a letter from the director of civil aviation, Lucknow, on April 25, asking them to expedite the survey. "In September last year, we had advised the UP civil aviation department to carry out an obstacle survey of the land where the airport is proposed since we do not have any expert to do the same," said Arunvir Singh, CEO of YEIDA.
"At the time, a quotation had been taken from the Airports Authority of India. They quoted more than Rs 1.19 crore for the OLS. Finding that a little steep, we sought a quote from RITES. They have agreed to do the survey for Rs 69 lakh. On Wednesday, we formally appointed the central government agency for the survey and also made them the payment," he added.
Singh said RITES will begin the survey from May 1. "The OLS will be completed within a month," he said.
27/04/17 Vandana Keelor/The Times Of India