Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is the busiest airport in India and Delhi is expecting about 91 million passengers by 2020 and 109 million passengers by 2024. To lessen the traffic from the shoulders of IGI Airport, a proposal of second airport at Jewar in Great Noida was made. The Greenfield airport at Jewar has been finally approved by the Central Government after almost 16 years. The project idea was conceived when Rajnath Singh was the CM in 2001 and was given shape in 2002 by Mayawati.
The airport will be sanctioned 3000 hectares of land but for initial phase it will stretch in 1000 hectares with an investment of Rs 15-20 thousand crores. With this amount of investment, Noida will turn into an aerosolise and will provide an alternate to meet this growing demand for air connectivity in the NCR. It will also be the cargo hub of the country apart from catering to domestic and international traffic and will boost economic activity for export oriented cities like Moradabad and Aligarh in Western Uttar Pradesh. Regional connectivity of Uttar Pradesh will also bolster with the new airport at Jewar, despite the fact that it 85% of the state’s connectivity is through roads.
The decision to clear the proposal for the airport was taken in a meeting on Sunday where the Defence Ministry said that it has no objections. The airport will help reduce congestion at the Delhi International Airport, and that is how the Jewar airport got wings to let others fly through itself.