Renowned audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) who won the bid to prepare the techno-economic feasibility (TFR) study of Jewar Airport has projected that the proposed airport is all set to cater 80 million passengers once it will get operational by 2022-23.
The agency has also projected that the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) will reach its saturation point with a 100-million passenger count by 2024-25, which will give rise to the need for a second airport in NCR and hence the airport at Jewar would accomplish the need. By 2050, both Delhi and Jewar airport will cater to over 300 million passengers annually.
As of now, the proposed airport will be developed in four phases. In the first phase, the Jewar airport will have two runways which will help in diverting the passenger traffic of IGI Airport. Further, in the second phase, it will have two additional runways, which will further increase its traffic-handling capacity.
Spread over 5000 hectares of land, the proposed airport is billed to as India’s biggest Greenfield airport, which will provide parking facilities for aircraft besides implementing a Maintenance, Repair, & Operation (MRO) system.
On Tuesday, YEIDA chairman Prabhat Kumar has reviewed the preparation of TEFR. According to an official, “The final TEFR is expected to be completed by March 15, along with the proposed project’s environment and social impact assessment. The bidding process for the proposed airport is likely to commence by June-July. If all goes according to the plan, the foundation of the project is likely to be laid by the end of 2018.”
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. Apart from this, the airport will not only address the aviation needs of Delhi airport but also cities like Agra, Mathura, Bulandshahr, and Meerut.