Jewar Airport Is Not About Politics, Says Mahesh Sharma

Jewar Airport Is Not About Politics, Says Mahesh Sharma

Many see Union Cabinet approval’s for a second airport in the National Capital Region at Jewar, about 100 km from New Delhi, as the BJP’s political strategy in Uttar Pradesh ahead of next assembly elections and some call it a political victory for Civil Aviation Minister Mahesh Sharma.
However, Sharma plays down the political buzz around Jewar airport saying, “It’s a long pending demand addressed in nick of time. At times politics is not everything.”
Speaking to Mail Today, Sharma, who is an MP from Gautam Budh Nagar, said, “I am a public servant working in the larger interest of the national civil aviation sector and the consumers linked to it. There is nothing like political victory or defeat in such public-centric infrastructure projects. It has been a long pending demand and how long eight crore population in the NCR will have to depend on one airport in New Delhi, which three-four hour drive away.”

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Pact Signed For Atudy of Jewar Metro

Pact Signed For Atudy of Jewar Metro

GREATER NOIDA: The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Monday, for a feasibility study to be carried out followed by a detailed project report (DPR), for the proposed track between Greater Noida and Jewar. The 38km Metro route will be a link between Knowledge Park II in Greater Noida and Jewar, which falls in the YEIDA area. The civil aviation ministry had last week cleared the proposal for a second international airport in the NCR, likely to be built in Jewar.

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8th Conventions India Conclave To Take Place From Aug 7-9, 2015 In Greater Noida

8th Conventions India Conclave To Take Place From Aug 7-9, 2015 In Greater Noida

India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) will organise its eighth Conventions India – the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events Conclave (CIC) from August 7-9, 2015 at The India Expo Mart Limited, Greater Noida, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. The Conclave will provide the opportunity to interact with ICPB members, who specialise in the organisation of meetings and conventions, and also other suppliers who will showcase their products at the Conclave, as per a release.

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Noida to Get An Airport

Noida to Get An Airport

A new airport at Jewar has been approved by civil aviation ministry. It would be built along the Yamuna Expressway that connects Greater Noida with Agra.

Experts believe the airport has huge potential to boost property demand in the area. Till now, both domestic and international companies have usually preferred Gurgaon over Noida because it’s nearer to the Delhi airport.

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Greater Noida Will See Rapid Growth With New Airport At Jewar

Greater Noida Will See Rapid Growth With New Airport At Jewar

BENGALURU: The National Capital Region will soon get one more international airport as the ministry of Civil Aviation on Thursday approved the proposal for the second one.Mahesh Sharma, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation said the government will hand over the operation of the new airport which is planned in the Jewar area of Greater Noida to GMR group, which is currently operating the Indira Gandhi International Airport Ltd in Delhi.According to the minister, after getting a nod from the cabinet, Civil Aviation ministry will offer the contract to build and run the proposed Jewar airport to the GMR Group. This because it has the right of first refusal (RoFR) as the IGI Airport that is currently operated by the group is within the 150 KM radius of the proposed airport in Jewar.As per the existing law under RoFR, the operator who is in charge of the nearest Airport within the 150 KM radius will be asked to match the lowest bid arrived for the proposed project. If the GMR Group’s bid is equal or less than 10% of the bid offered by the lowest bidder, the government will have to accept their offer.Minister Sharma said, “We have already acquired over 2,200 acres for the proposed airport and much more can be acquired since land availability is not an issue in that area. Plus, the road infrastructure till the site for the proposed Jewar airport is also adequate.”The next big task in front of the government is to pass an amendment to build the second airport in the national capital. The current rules don’t allow two airports to function within the radius of 150 KM. The only provision that allows the functioning of a second airport is unless the first airport runs out of its operational capacity.According to the policy on airport infrastructure of India, the government is allowed to build a second airport in the radius of 150 KM only in places where the existing airport is unable to meet the projected requirements of traffic or in case a “new focal point of traffic emerges with sufficient viability”. In such cases the law permits a complete replacement or for simultaneous operation of two airports within the 150 KM radius.The current policy states, “No greenfield airport will normally be allowed within an aerial distance of 150 km of an existing airport. Where it is allowed as a second airport in the same city or close vicinity, the parameters for distribution of traffic between the two airports will be clearly spelt out.”The proposal for a new airport in the national capital region was proposed by the former Mayawati-led BSP government in Utter Pradesh and the then ruling UPA constituted a group of ministers to decide on the issue.After BJP came to power in the centre, the civil aviation minister had expressed the necessity of a new airport in the national capital due to the increasing number of commuters. But, Indian Express quoted a source within the IGI Airport saying that there is ample room for growth within the IGI itself and the airport has an operational capacity of 62 million passengers per year. He also added that when the fourth terminal and the new runway becomes functional, the capacity of IGI will increase to 100 million passengers.

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