Delhi's second global airport to come up at Jewar, Greater Noida

Govt clears proposal for setting up a new airport in Jewar in Greater Noida

The airport will be built on a public-private partnership model with the GMR-led Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), which now operates IGIA, getting the Right of First Refusal (RoFR) at the time of bidding for the Noida International Airport, the Minister added.

The minister said that the Government of Uttar Pradesh had submitted a proposal for construction of a new Greenfield International Airport at Jewar in Greater Noida, and the Ministry of Civil Aviation has accorded in principle approval for the project based on the recommendations of the Steering Committee on Greenfield Airports, headed by the Secretary (CA).

The announcement of a second airport in the national capital region comes at a time when the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi grapples with an ever- increasing number of passengers.

The Union Aviation Ministry on Friday approved a second global airport in the Delhi-National Capital Region, at Greater Noida's Jewar in Uttar Pradesh, The Hindu reported.

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 will be located 72Kms from IGI Airport and 65 Kms from Hindon Air Force station Ghaziabad.


Land acquisition and costs will be managed by the state government and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority.

Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said on Twitter that "in-principle clearance has been granted" for the airport. "Noida airport will be major growth driver for NCR and Western UP - will boost manufacturing, tourism, educational, and export sectors", Sinha said. He added that the airport will cater to 30-50 million passengers per year in next 10-15 years.

Of the total land, 1,000 hectares will be acquired under the first phase of airport development, which will cost Rs 2,000 crore.

According to the Operation Management and Development Agreement (OMDA) that GMR signed with its IGIA partner, AAI, the former will have the RoFR in case an airport is built within 150 km of the existing one. "This should have been done a long time ago but it repeatedly delayed due to the tussle between the Centre and state, besides other administrative reasons", said AN Dhawan, secretary general, Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Association (FONRWA).The state government in 2013 chose to shift the project to Agra, 200km away from the IGI Airport.

After coming to power, the new government is batting for more infrastructure in the state.in April, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had asked officers to work on building airports in Agra and Jewar and hold discussions with the Centre on the matter, PTI had reported earlier.

"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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