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In 2012, the UPA government had also stated that an airport in Jewar would hamper the business interests of the IGI Airport."We are extremely pleased with the approval for an global airport". Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today informed that the Ministry has granted permission to construct the airport in Jewar region in 3,000 hectare area, which will be ready in the next five to six years.

Singh, along with State Civil Aviation Minister Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi, said that the UP Government was trying for the global airport since 2003.

The Minister said that the objection by the developer of Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi was also one of the reasons for delay in the Jewar project.

The civil aviation minister told reporters that they were "expecting 91 million passengers by 2020 and 109 million passengers by 2024" in Delhi. Distance-wise, the new airport will be located more than 77 km away from Connaught Circus, 72 km away from IGIA and 65 km from Hindon Air Force station in Ghaziabad.

Land acquisition and costs will be managed by the state government and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority.

The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority has notified 3,000 hectares of land for a world-class worldwide airport, he added.

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Last year, the Civil Aviation Ministry said it had received a proposal from the then state government for grant of site clearance for the proposed airport near Jewar.

Later the minister took to the microblogging site Twitter and said that the area notified for Noida Airport is 3000 hectares; 1st phase will be developed for 1000 hectares. "The airport will be a growth driver not only for NCR but also western UP".

The Jewar airport project was conceived during Rajnath Singh's regime in 2001 and given shape in 2002 by the next BSP-BJP coalition Government headed by Mayawati.

Reaching out to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Raju congratulated and applauded the new UP govt for their strong push and commitment which resulted in the early clearance of the Jewar airport project.

"However, this airport may also (just like Navi Mumbai Airport) have difficulty in generating sufficient bidder interest due to the pre-emption right available to the incumbent developer and in case government does not undertake key pre-development activities prior to putting the project to bid".


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