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A new airport at Greater Noida soon?

November 12, 2014 17:55 IST

The proposed airport would go against the existing policy as the distance between the proposed site for the new venture and the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is less than 150 km.

An aircraftThe proposal for a new airport at Jewar in Greater Noida may finally see the light of the day with the government considering a review of the rule which disallows a second airport within 150 km of an existing one.

This was indicated by Mahesh Sharma, who took charge as the Minister of State for Civil Aviation in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Stressing the need to have an international airport in the National Capital Region, he said, "The new airport project in Jewar is an important project.

“It has to be discussed in the wider interest of the nation. The airport is not a project of Mayawati or Mulayam Singh, but of India."

The Jewar airport proposal was first mooted by Rajnath Singh, who was then the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, in 2001 and later pushed by his successor Mayawati.

The proposed airport would go against the existing policy as the distance between the proposed site for the new venture and the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is less than 150 km.

Fifty-five-year-old Sharma, who represents Gautam Buddha Nagar under which Jewar falls, said over 2,378 acres of land, spread across 35 villages was acquired in 2003 for the airport and there was more land available if needed.

Replying to queries, he said the proposal would first be discussed within the Civil Aviation Ministry and with the Prime Minister, before it moves forward and indicated that a decision on the matter was likely to be taken by the year-end.

He pointed out that the infrastructure in Delhi would not be able to cope with the growing traffic and a new airport near the national capital would help.

The existing rules do not allow a second airport within a 150-km radius of an existing one, unless the latter has overshot its operating capacity and is unable to meet demand.

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