Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju on Saturday said, "We have granted approval for the Greenfield International Airport at Jewar, Greater Noida, to cater to growing flying requirements of NCR".
Against the backdrop of rising air passenger traffic, there have been discussions for setting up a second airport in the National Capital Region (NCR). The airport, which would be the second one for Delhi, is likely to start operations in the next five to six years. "In Delhi, we are expecting 91 million passengers by 2020 and 109 million passengers by 2024", he was quoted as saying by the agency further. Distance-wise, the new airport will be located more than 77 km away from Connaught Circus, 72 km away from IGIA and 65 km from Hindon Air Force station in Ghaziabad. Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) is the implementing authority of the project.More news: The best 'Call of Duty' game ever is coming to PlayStation 4
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. The first phase will be developed on 1,000 hectares.
There will be one runway in the first phase.
The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority has notified 3,000 hectares of land in Jewar for a world-class worldwide airport.More news: Fed: Biggest US banks strong enough to withstand recession
In Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Civil Aviation Minister Nand Gopal Nandi and health minister Siddhartnath Singh told newspersons that the upcoming airport is expected to enable Noida to become a major global electronics manufacturing cluster, with significant investments in the sector already coming in from major global players like Samsung.
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. The project will be executed through public-private partnerships and contracts will be awarded after competitive bidding. In the case of the Navi Mumbai airport, the GVK-led Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), which won the bid to run the airport, also had a RoFR due to an existing airport at Mumbai.More news: NASA telescope finds 10 more planets that could have life