After a long gap of 16 years, finally the dream of proposed airport at Jewar has again became a reality. Most of the formalities and documentation part are about to clear and officials are expecting to start the work on this airport by the end of this year.
Sprawl over 5,000 hectares with proposed four runways; the International airport at Jewar will be ‘India’s biggest’, as touted by the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) officials. According to them it will be bigger than Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Speaking to media persons, Dr. Arun Vir Singh, CEO, YEIDA said, “It has been expected that 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. That’s why this proposed Jewar airport is built keeping in mind the future prospects for next 50 years.”
Recently, renowned audit firm PwC, who won the bid to prepare the techno-economic feasibility (TeFR) 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.
Currently, IGI airport is one of the busiest airports of the country followed by Mumbai’s Chatrapti Shivaji international airport and Bengaluru’s Airport on second and third busiest respectively. The Delhi airport currently handles 60 million passengers per annum, which is likely to be doubled by 2023.
It has been decided to build the Greenfield Jewar airport in four phases. Initially, two runways will be constructed to start the operations early so as to divert the traffic from IGI airport.