Traffic projections on Greater Noida airport vary

Traffic projections on Greater Noida airport vary

New Delhi: A group of ministers on the proposed Greater Noida airport on Tuesday found major differences in air traffic projections submitted by the Uttar Pradesh government and the Delhi International Airports Ltd (DIAL) that runs the IGI Airport.

The air traffic projections were sought by the GoM from the state government and DIAL to start the process of studying the pros and cons of constructing a greenfield airport within 150 km radius of the Delhi airport.

“The GoM felt that there was a lot of difference in the projections submitted by the state government and DIAL. Realistic figures are needed.

“These projections will now be examined by the civil aviation ministry and the Airports Authority of India and experts’ opinion will also be sought," civil aviation minister Praful Patel told reporters after the meeting.

The proposed airport, a dream project of chief minister Mayawati, is slated to be christened the Taj International Aviation Hub. It is proposed to come up at Jhevar near Greater Noida, located about 60km from Delhi and 120km from Agra.

Asked when the next meeting of GoM would be held, Patel said the study of the traffic figures would take about three months. “We will come back to the GoM after this."

He said the GoM would first deal with traffic projections and then consider other issues, including the legal aspects of having another airport within a radius of 150km of an existing one.

According to a latest report prepared by the Uttar Pradesh government, air traffic at the proposed Greater Noida airport in 2011-12 would be 8.65% of the total National Capital Region traffic. The earlier report had projected it at 7.96%.

The Mayawati government has identified 1,500 hectares for the project, which was estimated to cost about Rs5,000 crore over a year ago. It had also submitted a techno-economic feasibility report to the Centre.

The GMR-led DIAL had opposed the construction of the Greater Noida Airport saying it would create competition and hurt the Delhi airport where a new terminal has been created.