India clears plan for $3.1-B second airport for Delhi

International airport will come up at Jewar in Greater Noida. Image for Representation

International airport will come up at Jewar in Greater Noida. Image for Representation

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said at a press briefing on Saturday that in-principle clearance has been granted for the first phase of Jewar airport in western Uttar Pradesh.

Jewar in Greater Noida will become the second airport in the National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi after the aviation ministry granted approval to the project today. Terminals at the current Delhi airport can handle 62 million passengers annually. The first phase will be developed on 1,000 hectares.

Last year, the Civil Aviation Ministry said it had received a proposal from the then state government for grant of site clearance for the proposed airport near Jewar.

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. 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 Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority has notified 3,000 hectares of land in Jewar for a "world- class" worldwide airport, Raju added.

The airport will be spread over 3,000 hectares and will bring in investments of up to Rs 20,000 crore.

In 2012, the UPA government had also stated that an airport in Jewar would hamper the business interests of the IGI Airport."We are extremely pleased with the approval for an global airport".

The airport will be built using a public-private partnership model with GMR Infrastructure.

"However, this airport may also (just like Navi Mumbai Airport) have difficulty in generating sufficient bidder interest due to the pre-emption right available to the incumbent developer and in case government does not undertake key pre-development activities prior to putting the project to bid". Samsung and others are already building their manufacturing facility very close to this area.

Also speaking on the occasion MoS Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that the airport is not only important for the NCR region but also for Western Uttar Pradesh.

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.

The state government along with Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority will bear the land procurement cost.

After the Centre's nod, the onus will be on the U.P. government to prepare a techno-economic feasibility report for the project within a year, and acquire land for it.

In April, Sinha had said that the new state government in Uttar Pradesh has asked for a fresh technical evaluation for setting up a green field airport at Jewar.

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