Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Jewar may turn into integrated airport city

Greater Noida: Nearly 5,000 hectares of land around the upcoming Jewar airport is set to be developed along the lines of an aerotropolis — a fully integrated city with infrastructure, land use and economy built around an airport.
For this purpose, Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) has hired consultant Ernst & Young (E&Y) to study the best practices at top international airports and prepare a feasibility report by the end of September.

“Right now the plan is at an initial stage where we are getting the feasibility report prepared by E&Y. It is expected by the end of this month,” Meena Bhargava, general manager (planning), YEIDA, said, adding that the final decision will be based on the report.

An aerotropolis is a model consisting of an airport city, outlying corridors and clusters of aviation-linked businesses and residential hubs that feed off each other and their accessibility to the airport. The concept was originally championed by John Kasarda, director of the Centre for Air Commerce at the University of North Carolina and author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. Among prominent examples are Amsterdam’s Zuidas and South Korea’s Songdo International Business District.

In Jewar airport’s case, YEIDA is planning to develop parks, universities, vocational institutes, malls, convention centres, golf course, warehouse godowns and wholesale markets, among others, in the region. A planetarium and a national memorial are also in the pipeline.
10/09/19 Meenakshi Sinha/Times of India

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