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India gives green light for $4.3b second airport near Delhi

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Madeline Patrick | 25 June, 2017, 02:20

After 16 long years of planning and dawdling, Greater Noida is set to get an worldwide airport in the next five to six years as the Union civil aviation ministry gave an in-principle nod to the proposal on Saturday.However, it took three state governments, countless proposals and shifting of localities for the ambitious project to come to fruition.

The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority has notified 3,000 hectares of land in Jewar for a world-class global airport. The airport will help reduce congestion at the Delhi International Airport.

It is expected that IGIA's passenger handling capacity will reach up to 91 MPPA (million passengers per annum) by 2020 and 109 MPPA by 2024 from the current level of 62 million.

Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey said bidding for the airport will be complete in the next five to six years. "For the sake of NCR and NCR's connectivity having a second airport is vitally important and that is what Noida global airport will accomplish", Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said.

Sinha added that the new airport will also provide seamless domestic and global connectivity to western UP with Noida, Agra, Mathura, Meerut, Vrindavan, Meerut, Moradabad and Bulandshahr likely to serve as the the catchment area for the new aerodrome.

As per the development plan, the Uttar Pradesh government will implement the project through the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA).

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"We expect that the first phase of the Airport will be operational in 5 years", Sinha said.

Also at the briefing, Uttar Pradesh minister Siddharth Nath Singh thanked the central government for approving the setting up of the airpost in Greater Noida.

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.

In 2001, the then UP chief minister Rajnath Singh proposed the idea of an airport located in Greater Noida. He claimed that farmers are ready to give land for the airport project "at negotiated terms". The last UP government scrapped the project, citing a clause that bars development of a second airport within a 150-km radius of an existing one. "In the years to come, it could become a hub airport for one of India's major airlines", he said. Aviation sector experts said that the move will benefit passengers.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

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