Monday, June 26, 2017

Announcement of airport in Jewar dashes Meerut residents’ hope

Meerut: After Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Saturday announced setting up of an international airport at Jewar, 100 km from here, the long-standing hope of Meerut residents dashed.
This is the second set back to the city residents in just two days, as on Friday, Meerut failed to make it to the smart city list.
The minister said the project had been cleared by the central government, and once completed the airport would cater to 30-35 million passengers per year.
The government's decision came despite the fact that an airport in Meerut would have served the population of not only western Uttar Pradesh, but also neighbouring Uttarakhand, who have to travel 100 km by road — an unpleasant drive — to board a flight in Delhi.
An official of the Meerut Development Authority, who did not wish to be identified, said, "It is be a setback to years of planning, because it is now virtually impossible for Meerut to get an airport since Jewar is very close to Meerut. I don't see two airports coming up within 100 kilometres of Delhi. So, the possibility of Meerut getting an airport is pretty much gone."
25/06/17 Kabir Agarwal/Times of India