Published: Sat, June 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Jewar airport in Greater Noida gets Centre's nod

Jewar airport in Greater Noida gets Centre's nod

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Saturday said approval for the first phase of Jewar airport in western Uttar Pradesh has been granted.

He added that Noida International Airport will cater to 30-50 million passengers per year over the next 10-15 years.

The central government has given its "in-principle approval" for the construction of a green field airport at Jewar, located in Gautam Budh Nagar district, adjoining the national capital city of New Delhi.

The civil aviation minister told reporters that they were "expecting 91 million passengers by 2020 and 109 million passengers by 2024" in Delhi.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, said he saw a great opportunity for industrial houses, such as pharmaceutical and automobile companies, to set up factories near the airport site. The YEIDA is expected to complete land acquisition and conduct a techno-economic feasibility study for the project within one year.

All important towns in Western UP will benefit from this airport, says Jayant Sinha. Sinha pointed out at the press briefing that industries such as electronics and pharma manufacturing will especially get a boost from the new airport.

The proposal for the airport was first given by then UP chief minister and now Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in 2001, but did not yield results as successive state governments failed to show interest.

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The state government also wants Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Lucknow and Allahabad airports connected to the Centre's UDAN scheme.

He added that the representatives of the Uttar Pradesh government have assured the Centre that farmers are willing to provide the land for airport development on negotiated settlement basis.

The airport project has been revived and shelved multiple times during the previous SP and BSP governments citing various reasons. The IGIA is being developed and managed by a consortium led by GMR.

The project will be implemented in the PPP mode for which concessionaire is to be identified based on open market competitive bidding process.

The metro service in Noida is also likely to be extended up to Jewar in order to improve connectivity to the airport.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

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