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Yogi Adityanath govt pushes Centre for Jewar airport

LiveMint logoLiveMint 20-04-2017 Tarun Shukla

New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government has asked the civil aviation ministry to do a technical evaluation of the Jewar airport project which is located on the outskirts of Greater Noida, minister of state for civil aviation ministry Jayant Sinha said on Thursday at a press conference.

Sinha said the newly elected government, which took over last month under first time chief minister Yogi Adityanath, has written to the aviation ministry to do the analysis.

Airports Authority of India, under the aviation ministry, typically sends a team to do technical analysis of the area including air funnels for the aircraft, land and other things.

Sinha said there would be a need for a second airport in Delhi earlier than previously thought.

The new UP government is pushing for more infrastructure. During a meeting earlier this month Adityanath asked officers to work on construction of airports at Agra, Jewar and proceed further with the central government, PTI reported on 10th April.

Airports fall under the purview of aviation ministry while land is to be provided by the state government. In this specific case, there are other limitations also.

The project falls under a so-called 150 km rule which means GMR Infrastructure Ltd-led Delhi airport has the first right of refusal over the project under certain norms when the project comes up for financial bidding.

Sinha also said the ministry was working on improving the capacity of Delhi airport as passenger traffic has shot through the roof and airlines are complaining of slot issues.

He said the ministry is working with stakeholders on a road-map to increase airside capacity of Delhi Airport from the current 67 movements per hour to 95 movements per hour at peak time in the next three years.

By the end of 2017, the airside capacity is expected to rise by 10% to 72-73 aircraft movements per hour. A new Terminal 4 will also be built which will take over existing Terminal 2 eventually and Terminal 2 will be scrapped in due time

A flight operations committee is also being set up to deal with challenges at Delhi airport. The committee would meet every month and guide and facilitate close cooperation in this regard among the various stakeholders.

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