Delhi-NCR is soon going to be gifted with another international airport. Jewar, a town 100 km from New Delhi, will be the region for Noida International’s airport. This long-nurtured dream of Uttar Pradesh government gets an inched closer as the Ministry of Civil Aviation gives permission to the second airport. There is an expected investment of Rs 20,000 crore from the government’s side.

“We have granted in-principle approval for a greenfield airport at Jewar (Greater Noida) to cater to the growing flying requirements of NCR,” aviation minister told to reporters.

The airport will be constructed on the public-private partnership model with the GMR group that, currently, also operates Indira Gandhi international airport. The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development authority will act as a implementing agency for this project on the behalf of Uttar Pradesh’s government.

Background

The project was initially proposed by then UP’s chief minister Rajnath Singh as Greenfield Taj International and Aviation Hub (TIAH) but the construction of the same was out on the hold due to the protests of its operators, the GMR group. The protest was because of the place, GMR mentioned that having two Greenfield airport only at a 72km distance would probably result in traffic so they put a hold onto that. Later in 2012 when Akhilesh’s Government came in the power they proposed airport at Agra but in 2013 decided to go for Tundla, in Firozabad district as a site for the airport.

In 2014 when the BJP got a clear win and came in centre with full majority, shifted the airport at its initial site – Jewar. Now they have got all clearance from the Aviation Ministry and we are expected to have a new Airport by 2022.

Future prospects

  • Road connectivity- To abridge the gap between Delhi’s airport and Noida’s proposed airport, the government has decided to build 40 km elevated road. The Yamuna Expressway authorities are also looking for other feasible options keeping this in their min
  • Metro connectivity- Except for the rail connectivity, the government is also considering to have a direct metro connection between the airport. The airport will also have connectivity from Greater Noida metro station. The government has already cleared its state on extending the Greater Noida metro line to the airport site earlier in 2017.

While answering the reporters the Aviation Minister, Raju said the airport will be able to reduce the load of Delhi’s airport and will cater 30-50 million passengers per year. “The area notified for Noida Airport is 3,000 hectares. The first phase will be developed in 1000 hectares. We expect up to Rs 20,000 crore of investment into the project,”

Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for civil aviation also pointed towards the boost in tourism of the region. He said “The whole of a region would get a tremendous boost that the airport will give to the economic activity and tourism in the area. There is a great opportunity for industrial houses, such as pharmaceutical and automobile companies, and we are looking to set up factories near the airport site.

The airport site requires 3000 of land and the Greater Noida District Administration decided to directly purchase the land from the farmers. This signifies that the Land Acquisition Act of 2013 would not be invoked in the land purchase process. Yogi Adityanath met the delegation of 26 farmers from the 39 village and to fast-track the project he has agreed to take up the land at three times of the circle rate. The government is offering villagers Rs. 2,300 psm (per square meter), while the prevalent land rate in the area is Rs. 900 psm.

The government has geared up themselves for this new project as this will be the first major project for BJP after their humongous win in Uttar Pradesh.

Source : Centre of Aviation, Economic time, The Hindu

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