NCR's second airport to come up in Jewar

Camille Rivera
June 25, 2017

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said at a press briefing here on Saturday that "in-principle clearance has been granted" for the airport.

The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority has notified 3,000 hectares of land in Jewar for a world-class global airport. Mr Raju said since Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi would reach its "saturation point" by 2024 in terms of passenger capacity, a need for second international airport in the NCR region was felt. "We expect the first phase of the airport, with a single runway and terminal building, to start operations by 2022", said Jayant Sinha, minister of state for civil aviation.

Singh said that Jewar global 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.

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.

The first phase of the project would require around 1,000 hectares of land, the minister said. The YEIDA is expected to complete land acquisition and conduct a techno-economic feasibility study for the project within one year. In June 2016, the Union ministry of defence cleared the project and in July, the Yamuna Expressway authority sent the site survey report to the defence ministry.

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

The Jewar airport project was conceived during Rajnath Singh's regime in 2001 and given shape in 2002 by the next BSP-BJP coalition Government headed by Mayawati.

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 IGIA is being developed and managed by a consortium led by GMR.

"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".

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