• UP govt seeks fresh technical evaluation for airport in Jewar

    The newly appointed BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has approached the Centre seeking technical evaluation for an airport in Jewar, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, said today at a press conference here.

    The State cabinet cleared the proposal for Jewar airport recently. Currently, the rules do not allow a new airport to come up within 150 km of an existing airport and the Jewar proposal could get stuck under this clause as it will fall within 150 km of Delhi airport.

    Sinha added that the State government has sought a fresh technical evaluation of the Jewar airport project as the earlier one was done some time ago.

    “In the next 4-8 years the capacity at Delhi airport is likely to be saturated. It will be necessary to have another airport in the National Capital Region at that time,” the Minister added.

    Meanwhile, he said that a discussion has also been held with all the stakeholders on how to enhance the capacity of Delhi airport from 67 aircraft movements an hour to 95 movements in the next three years.

    Close coordination
    The Minister pointed out that given that Delhi has three runways this should not be difficult and will require close coordination between the various stakeholders, including the Air Traffic Controllers, airlines and others.

    The Delhi airport currently handles 60 million passengers a year.

    Sinha also announced that a flight operation committee has been set up which will meet every month to assess capacity enhancement at the Delhi airport. Dion Lewis Womens Jersey

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