Centre Grants Approval for Airport at Jewar in Greater Noida

Centre Grants Approval for Airport at Jewar in Greater Noida

After 16 long years of planning and dawdling, Greater Noida is set to get an global airport in the next five to six years as the Union civil aviation ministry gave an in-principle nod to the proposal on Saturday.However, it took three state governments, countless proposals and shifting of localities for the ambitious project to come to fruition.

The civil aviation ministry has cleared a proposal for setting up a greenfield airport in Jewar in Greater Noida, which is likely to be operational in the next five to six years.

So, Delhi will require a second airport in the next 7-10 years. "The first phase will be developed on 1,000 hectare land".

Talking to reporters at a press briefing here today, Raju said that "in-principle clearance has been granted" for the airport.

"The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority [the nodal agency for the new airport] has notified an area of 3,000 hectares".

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The project, to be taken up under the Public-Private Participation model, will entail an investment of around Rs 20,000 crore. As per its updated master plan, the passenger handling capacity will be increased to 109.33 million passengers per year in a phased manner.

The new facility, expected to be spread across 3,000 hectares of land, will be the second worldwide airport to serve the catchment areas of the National Capital Region (NCR). As per this agreement GMR will have the first right of refusal in case an airport is built within 150 kilometres of the existing one. Samsung and others are already building their manufacturing facility very close to this area.

Sinha added that the new airport will also provide seamless domestic and global connectivity to western UP with Noida, Agra, Mathura, Meerut, Vrindavan, Meerut, Moradabad and Bulandshahr likely to serve as the the catchment area for the new aerodrome.

While businessmen and hoteliers see the project as a lucrative opportunity for their business, the youth believe that an airport will bring them employment opportunities.It all started in 2001 when then Uttar Pradesh chief minister Rajnath Singh proposed a Greenfield Taj International and aviation Hub (TIAH) at Jewar. The YEIDA is expected to complete land acquisition and conduct a techno-economic feasibility study for the project within one year.

Raju said he is happy that 3,000 hectares of land have been identified in Jewar for the global airport.

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