In order to make a smooth coordination between the Delhi and Jewar airport, the YEIDA officials has recently finalised to appoint a firm to study ways to connect the two airports.
According to YEIDA, CEO Arun Vir Singh, “The authority will now invite companies in the first week of this month to participate in the process. A company will be selected within a month to put the study in place.”
The board has already approved a proposal asking the National Capital Region Transport Corporation — a joint sector company between the Centre and the states of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and UP to study the means of connectivity between the two airports.
A direct link is very important as it will improve the connectivity between the two airports. Giving more insight on this project, Arun Vir Singh said, “The YEIDA board has given its go-ahead for appointing NCRTC or any other consultant to conduct a study and see what this link should be, whether a rapid rail, underground metro, highways, hyper-loop, pod taxi, mass transport system or something else. Currently, driving between IGI airport and Jewar takes over two hours.”
He further said that identifying the best suited public rapid transport system is not an easy task. This will be based on demand assessment, public affordability, population, transport network, regional connectivity, traffic data, the NCR planning board plan 2032 and so on.
PwC has recently projected that the proposed airport in Jewar will cater 80 million passengers once it will get operational by 2022-23.
The civil aviation ministry expects Jewar airport to give a boost to connectivity in the whole of western Uttar Pradesh, which will in turn increase tourism and economic potential of the region.