Govt okays proposal for another airport in NCR

Govt okays proposal for another airport in NCR

To come up in Noida, it aims at easing pressure on IGIA

Govt okays proposal for another airport in NCR

The Centre on Saturday gave in-principle approval for a greenfield airport in Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida, the second one in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The proposed Noida International Airport, which will come up in the “next four-five years”, is aimed at easing pressure on the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here.

To be built in Greater Noida’s Jewar, which is 72 km from the IGI Airport and 65 km from the Hindon Air Force station, the airport will be able to handle 30-50 million passengers per year.

“The area notified for the Noida airport is 3,000 hectares. The first phase will be developed for 1,000 hectares. We expect Rs 15,000 crore-20,000 crore of investment,” Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju told reporters.

The first phase, with a runway, will be developed at a cost of around Rs 10,000 crore, while three more runaways will come up in the later phases.

Raju said the air traffic in the NCR region is growing very fast. “From the current level of 62 million passengers per annum, it is expected to reach upto 91 million by 2020 and 109 million by 2024, which would be the saturation point for the IGI airport. So, Delhi will require a second airport in the next 7-10 years,” he said.

The project will be implemented in PPP mode for which concessionaire is to be identified based on open market competitive bidding process. The Uttar Pradesh government, which has been pushing for the airport in Jewar, along with Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority, will bear the cost of land procurement.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said the airport is not only important for the NCR region, but also for Western Uttar Pradesh.

He said cities in this part of Uttar Pradesh like Agra, Mathura, Meerut, Vrindavan, Moradabad and Bulandshahr have a lot of potential in terms of air traffic.

“The project will give a big boost to economic development in the region. Greater Noida and Western Uttar Pradesh have many industries that will benefit from this improved connectivity. It will also encourage more industrialisation, thus pushing economic growth,” he said.

Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey said that metro connectivity was being extended to Jewar, and so the airport would have multi-modal connectivity by road and rail.