"In principle clearance has been granted' for the airport, said Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju".
The ministers in the UP government were in the national capital earlier this month to discuss the revival of the Jewar airport project with Civil aviation ministry officials. Multiple political parties have tried to piggyback on the project for gaining votes and the issue also resulted in a tussle between the state and Centre in 2013, as people anxiously waited for the promise to be fulfilled.Setting up an worldwide airport in Greater Noida will ease traffic at the Indira Gandhi global Airport in Delhi.
The Centre has granted approval for a greenfield International Airport at Jewar in Greater Noida. Distance-wise, the new airport will be located more than 77 km away from Connaught Circus, 72 km away from IGIA and 65 km from Hindon Air Force station in Ghaziabad.
"During the meeting, representatives of the U.P. government have confirmed to us that farmers are quite willing to provide land for airport development on a negotiated settlement basis, so there may not be any need for forcible land acquisition", Mr. Choubey said.
An area of 3000 hectares has been notified for the airport which will be developed in phases.
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Senior minister Raju said that the government will honour the Operation Management and Development Agreement (OMDA) with GMR, which operates the Delhi Airport jointly with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for Delhi airport. Sinha pointed out at the press briefing that industries such as electronics and pharma manufacturing will especially get a boost from the new airport.
The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority has notified 3,000 hectares of land for a world-class global airport, Raju added.
His deputy Jayant Sinha said, "Within seven years, Delhi airport will see 109 million trips a year, which will saturate its capacity".
"We thank the central government for giving approval for an airport in Jewar". In the case of the Navi Mumbai airport, the GVK-led Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), which won the bid to run the airport, also had a RoFR due to an existing airport at Mumbai.