Govt May Change Rule That Disallows Airport At Jewar; Sharma – Hindustan Times – 13-Nov-2014
November 13, 2014 - Uncategorized
The government may consider changing a rule that disallows a second airport within 150 kms radius of an existing one. This was indicated by Dr Mahesh Sharma, who took charge as the Minister of State for Civil Aviation on Wednesday.
“The need for an international airport in Jewar, Greater Noida needs to be discussed in the wider interest of the nation. It needs to be discussed in the interest of offloading and decentralizing traffic at the Delhi airport that will be choked in some years. This is an Indian project and not that of any political party,” Sharma said.
Asked whether the 150-km rule will be amended, Sharma said, “We will discuss the issue with our ministers and the prime minister. It (Jewar airport) is in the wider interest of the nation and the state of UP. Due to various technical reasons, this project got delayed. It should not have happened.”
Sharma said 2,378 acres of land had already been acquired for the airport project and a lot of land was still available. Rajnath Singh — when he was UP chief minister — had in 2001 proposed the greenfield Taj International Airport and aviation hub (TIAH) at Jewar. Later, former UP chief minister Mayawati supported the aviation hub plan.
The Centre had earlier said an airport at Jewar could not be allowed as it may hamper business prospects of the existing one in Delhi. In 2007, the UP government had assured the Centre that it would abide by the contractual agreement between the Union civil aviation ministry and the GMR Group and share revenues in case of losses to the existing airport.