The BJP Government in UP has approached the Centre seeking technical evaluation for an airport in Jewar, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, said today at a press conference here.
The minister pointed out that there was a need to consider development of a green field airport at Jewar, since the IGI airport located here will be utilising its full passenger handling capacity in another 4-8 years time.
This is published unedited from the IANS feed. "But, terminal side capacity will need to be increased with time as the number of flights increases", said Sinha.
The new UP government is pushing for more infrastructure.
Summary: Technical evaluation "The present Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] government in UP has requested technical evaluation of the Jewar airport since the previous evaluation was done many years ago".
Airports fall under the purview of aviation ministry while land is to be provided by the state government.
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. "We (would) have to add the second airport for NCR relatively soon", Sinha said.
By the end of 2017 the Airside Capacity is expected to rise by 10 percent, with around 72 to 73 movements per hour. At the same time, a new construction will replace Terminal 2.
In this regard, a flight operation committee has been set up and this will meet every month to assess the capacity enhancement.