India has emerged as a robust nation in the aviation market. Climbing to the fourth spot in global air traffic ranking, India has now become the 3rd largest nation in aviation realm. In 2017-18, IGI International Airport is one of the most packed airports in the world, witnessed 65.69 million total passenger traffic with 459.2 thousand total aircrafts movements. The expected transit is estimated to rise up to 80-85 Million by 2020.
Ever increasing passenger traffic has not only mounted pressure of supersonic service requisites in every aspect of airline industry but has also generated a need for air station which can aid in ease of air commute by travelers. The announcement of Jewar Airport by Government of India has come across as a welcome move among people of India. The commencement of construction is expected before 2019 general elections with the Uttar Pradesh government has approved the setting up of a joint venture company to acquire 1,441 hectares of land for the project at a cost of nearly 4,000 crores.
To provide better connectivity between the proposed Jewar airport in Greater Noida to Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in Delhi, a 40-km long elevated road among a few other options is being contemplated. Otherwise, the distance of 104km would be reduced to a great extent with the government’s plan which would ensure traffic and burden check on the daily commute with easy transportation of goods. The task to conduct the feasibility study for the same has been allotted to Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA). The foundation stone for the project is expected to be laid in October this year. According to Arunvir Singh, CEO of YEIDA, National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) was delineated with the responsibility of conducting the feasibility study. But due to technical reasons, its approach was restricted to Rapid Metro solution only.
‘Terms of reference’ has been made by the concerned authority to narrow down the best possible public transport solution some of which are Rapid Rail Transport System (RRTS), Pod Taxi, Metro, Hyperloop & Tram & Bus transit.
One of the biggest concerns for the authority was to have farmer’s consent over land acquisition (1,300 hectares ) for the airport to become operational, the deadline of which culminated this Thursday. As of Aug 29, 700 farmers consented for the same which amounted to 340 hectares of land in Government’s possession. UP Government owns an additional 116 hectares of land. So 1264 hectares of land is still required for the successful construction of the airport.
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