India clears plan for $3.10 billlion second airport for Delhi

Jay Jacobs
June 25, 2017

"In principle clearance has been granted' for the airport, said Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju".

For the next six years, the idea was not even discussed in the power corridors of Lucknow or New Delhi, often due to differences between the state and the Centre.In 2010, chief minister Mayawati revisited the proposal and said that it was her dream to see an global airport in Jewar. The Minister also said the area notified for Noida Airport is three thousand hectares and the first phase will be developed for one thousand hectares. The Delhi airport terminals can handle 62 million passengers annually.

The clearance for the long-pending airport project was given by the Ministry of Civil Aviation's Steering Committee, which met on Friday.

Airports Authority of India, under the aviation ministry, had sent a team to conduct technical analysis of the area, including air funnels for aircraft and land. "We expect Rs 15,000-20,000 crores of investment", Raju said in a series of tweets.

The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority has notified 3,000 hectares of land for a world-class worldwide airport, Raju said, adding that the Noida global Airport will cater to 30-50 million passengers per year over the next 10-15 years. As per its updated master plan, the passenger handling capacity will be increased to 109.33 million passengers per year in a phased manner.

Sinha added that the new airport will also provide seamless domestic and worldwide 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.

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Singh said that Jewar worldwide airport is strategically located as it's not only in the NCR region, but the dedicated freight corridor from Ludhiana to West Bengal also passes close by the airport. The last UP government scrapped the project, citing a clause that bars development of a second airport within a 150-km radius of an existing one.

Thanking the Centre for clearing the airport, Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Sidddharth Nath Singh said that the tha aprt will not only be the cargo hub but will also cater to the need of domestic and global traffic.

He said the new airport will also provide seamless domestic and global connectivity to western U.P. with Noida, Agra, Mathura, Meerut, Vrindavan, Moradabad and Bulandshahr likely to serve as the catchment area for the airport.

He further said that UP Government and YEIDA will be preparing the Techno- Economic Feasibility Report for the project. "It will give a boost to tourism, manufacturing, export sector and much more", said Arunvir Singh, chief executive officer, Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority.

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

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