Passengers wait to board a flight at an Airport in Bengaluru, India. (Photograph: Anirudh Saligrama/BloombergQuint)

Government Gives In-Principle Nod To Jewar Airport

The Centre has given an in-principle approval to the proposed Greenfield Airport near Jewar in Gautam Budh Nagar during a steering committee meeting held in New Delhi.

The approval was given at the meeting yesterday attended by Principal Secretary of Civil Aviation SP Goyal and other senior officials, Special Secretary, Civil Aviation, Suryapal Gangwar said today.

The detailed project report and techno-economic feasibility report for the project has been prepared by Pricewaterhousecoopers. As per the report, the acquisition of 1,441 hectare land in eight villages is proposed for the airport which will be built as a public-private partnership.

The work for the project will be taken up in four phases at an approximate cost of Rs 15,754 crores, he said. The airport will have two runways with a capacity to handle 700 lakh passengers annually. It will also have a cargo handling capacity of 3 million metric tonnes per year.

Preliminary work on the project had started in April 2017 and coordination between the Centre and the state resulted in an approval within one year time, he said.

The steering committee had given site clearance to the project in July last year. The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority has already been made the nodal agency for this project, Gangwar said.