Intl airport to come up at Jewar in Greater Noida soon

Intl airport to come up at Jewar in Greater Noida soon




An Air India Airlines Boeing 787 dreamliner takes part in a flying display during the 50th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris, June 14, 2013. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/Files


Lucknow:  After a 14-year-long battle of Uttar Pradesh with the Centre, the latter has approved in principle to set up Noida International airport at Jewar in Greater Noida. The approval comes at a time when the Yogi Adityanath government is set to celebrate its 100 days of rule in the state next week. The CM has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha for their approval. The steering committee of the Ministry of Civil Aviation had yesterday granted in-principle site clearance for Greenfield Airport at Jewar, said government spokesperson and Health Minister Siddharth Singh here today. Mr Singh and state Civil Aviation Minister Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi said that the UP government was approaching the Centre for the international airport to be built in Greater Noida since 2003. "But due to the lackluster approach and dispute over the place of the new airport by the previous Samajwadi party government, the proposal was delayed," they said. Mr Singh told reporters that now the government will start acquisition of the land for the proposed international airport for which the land has been identified by the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA). "In the first phase, we will need to acquire 1,000 hectares of land for which Rs 2,000 crores would be required while a total of 3,000 hectares of land have been identified for the entire project. However, for the building and the airport, the authorities would require just 500 hectares of land," the ministers said. While the construction of the airport will be at an investment of around Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 crores under Private- Public Partnership(PPP) model, the minister announced that the country's largest cargo hub would also come up along with the international airport. "The capacity of Delhi airport is just 82- 85 millions per year and in coming two-three years it will surpass it," he said. He also claimed that the Noida International Airport would be strategically important as two dedicated corridors would pass through it, besides it is situated in the NCR region. Meanwhile, the Minister said that the UP government has also taken up the issue of regional air connectivity service, Buddhist helicopter service and Ganga Darshan air service with the Union Civil Aviation Ministry. The Kushinagar International Airport has been asked to be taken over by the Airport Authority of India, he further said.

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