Monday, July 24, 2017

Yogi Adityanath looks to get Jewar International Airport in Greater Noida up and running in 5 years

After a delay of almost a decade and a half, a second international airport in the National Capital Region (NCR) is likely to be a reality, with the civil aviation ministry granting an in-principle approval to the Jewar project in Greater Noida weeks ago. The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh aims to operationalise the airport in the next five-six years. The state’s 2030 Master Plan has notified 3,000 hectares for the purpose. “The project would see an investment of about Rs 20,000 crore and be developed in four phases. It would have four runways, four taxi-ways and terminal buildings, apart from passenger facilities,” says an official, adding the state government has applied for environmental clearance and is working on procurement of land. “We have to get a fresh techno-feasibility report done and then submit a DPR to the ministry. After that we will go for the selection of the developer,” he says. The department expects all clearances as well as the selection of the developer to be completed in a year’s time.
According to Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju, the greenfield airport at Jewar would fly 30-50 million passengers per year over the next 10-15 years. It would also serve neighbouring cities and towns like Agra, Bulandsahar, and Meerut. Needless to say, it would ease congestion at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi.Arun Vir Singh, CEO of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) says, “we will develop 1,250 hectares of land in the first phase and 3,000 overall. In fact, it would be more than an airport project, also serving as a cargo centre and a logistics hub, and would connect with the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, the Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways and the Railway Freight Corridor.” The project has the potential to change the topography of the region. “Western UP would be on a different plank as far as development is concerned,” Singh says.
24/07/17 Financial Express