Greater Noida Set To Get It's First Airport

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

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.

"In-principle clearance has been granted for the Greenfield Airport at Jewar", Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju told mediapersons in Delhi on Saturday.

Thanking the central government for the in-principle approval by the Civil Aviation Ministry for the project, the Health Minister said the Uttar Pradesh government had identified 3,000 hectares of land for the proposed airport.

The new facility, expected to be spread across 3,000 hectares of land, will be the second worldwide airport to serve the catchment areas of the NCR after the Indira Gandhi global Airport (IGIA).

A second airport in the National Capital Region (NCR) will become a reality in the next five years as the Centre gave its nod to develop a "world class" worldwide airport in Greater Noida's Jewar region in UttarPradesh.

The civil aviation minister told reporters that they were "expecting 91 million passengers by 2020 and 109 million passengers by 2024" in Delhi.

The Noida International Airport in Uttar Pradesh will be located 72 km from IGIA and 65 km from Hindon Air Force station in Ghaziabad.

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"During the meeting, representatives of the U.P. government have confirmed to us that farmers are quite willing to provide land for airport development on a negotiated settlement basis, so there may not be any need for forcible land acquisition", Mr. Choubey said.

There will be one runway in the first phase. He added that the airport will cater to 30-50 million passengers per year in next 10-15 years.

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.

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 airport project was first conceived during the regime of Rajnath Singh as chief minister in 2001 and given shape in 2002 by the next CM Mayawati.

However, Raju said that the project which is expected to be developed on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, will provide the GMR-led consortium with the "First Right of Refusal" at the time of the bidding.

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