JEWAR AIR­PORT CAN START BY 2023­24

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The air­port that will be built in Jewar can po­ten­tially start op­er­a­tions with 15 daily flights by the fi­nan­cial year 2023-24, ac­cord­ing to pri­vate con­sul­tants draw­ing up a com­pre­hen­sive fea­si­bil­ity re­port.

GREATER NOIDA: The con­sul­tants ap­pointed to pre­pare the tech­noe­co­nomic fea­si­bil­ity re­port for the Jewar in­ter­na­tional air­port project in its draft re­port said the air­port would com­mence op­er­a­tions with nine do­mes­tic and six in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tion flights in 2023-24.

Jewar will com­mence op­er­a­tions to nine do­mes­tic des­ti­na­tions — Ahmed­abad, Mum­bai, Goa, Hy­der­abad, Pune, Ben­galuru, Luc­know, Chen­nai and Su­rat. The in­ter­na­tional flights will be to Bangkok, Abu Dhabi, Kathmandu, Doha, Lon­don and Dubai.

The Ya­muna Ex­press­way In­dus­trial Author­ity (YEIDA), the UP’s nodal agency for the project, had in Novem­ber 2017 se­lected Sin­ga­pore-based In­ter­na­tional agency — Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers (PwC) — as con­sul­tant.

The PwC sub­mit­ted the draft re­port to YEIDA of­fi­cials.

The Union civil avi­a­tion min­istry had on June 24, 2017, given its ap­proval for build­ing an in­ter­na­tional air­port in Jewar. Since the UP gov­ern­ment and the Cen­tre want to in­au­gu­rate the air­port project be­fore the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions, YEIDA has put the project on the fast track.

“The PwC sur­vey said by 2050, the Jewar air­port will pro­vide flights to 31 in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions. The con­sul­tant said Jewar air­port is an ur­gent need for Delhi-NCR be­cause the In­dia Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Delhi will be ex­hausted by 2025 as it can only cater to a pas­sen­ger in­flux of 109.5 mil­lion per year. Jewar air­port will be­gin op­er­a­tions by 2023-24 with an an­nual traf­fic of 6.3 mil­lion,” Shailen­dra Bha­tia, of­fi­cer on spe­cial duty, YEIDA, said.

The Jewar air­port will be ready to cater to an an­nual traf­fic of 102.5 mil­lion by 2049-50. It is ex­pected to cater to 6.2 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in 2023-24; 9.4 mil­lion in 2024-25; 23 mil­lion in 2029-30; 39.8 mil­lion in 2034-35; 61.5 mil­lion in 2039-40; 80.3 mil­lion in 2044-45 and 102.5 mil­lion in 2049-50.

“Our tar­get is that the re­port should be ready by March-end and we will be­gin work on ob­tain­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ance for the project. The work on the so­cial im­pact as­sess­ment study is al­ready un­der­way. Once it is done, we will be­gin the land ac­qui­si­tion as the other for­mal­i­ties are al­ready be­ing com­pleted,” Bha­tia said.

The sur­vey said traf­fic at the Jewar air­port would in­crease de­pend­ing on the in­crease in eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in the coun­try as the two are in­ter­linked.

“Do­mes­tic pas­sen­ger growth is presently at 10% a year and in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­ger growth is at 8% a year. The con­sul­tant con­cludes that pas­sen­ger growth will be at a rate of 9% an­nu­ally. That means the Jewar air­port project will ben­e­fit from pas­sen­ger growth, mak­ing the en­vi­ron­ment con­ducive for the am­bi­tious project that is ex­pected to fuel the econ­omy along the 165km Ya­muna Ex­press­way,” Bha­tia said.

The PwC sur­vey said by 2050, the Jewar air­port will pro­vide flights to 31 in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions. It will be­gin with an­nual traf­fic of 6.3 mil­lion pas­sen­gers. SHAILEN­DRA BHA­TIA, OSD, YEIDA

SU­NIL GHOSH/HT

Land pro­posed for an in­ter­na­tional air­port project in Jewar, Greater Noida. Ac­cord­ing to the project con­sul­tant, it will con­nect nine do­mes­tic and six in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions by 2023­24.

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