The National Capital Region could get its second airport, in Jewar, in five years. “In principle clearance has been granted,“ civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said at a press conference, paving the way for acquiring 1,000 hectares (around 2,500 acres) for the first phase. The airport could be ready by 2022, minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha said. The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority has notified 3,000 hectares in Jewar for the airport, with the first pha se estimated to cost around Rs.10,000 crore.
This will include one runway, a terminal and other infrastructure, with the airport to be connected by road, rail and through a Metro link, Sinha said, adding that connectivity with Meerut and other parts of the state will be upgraded. The plan is to add three more runways with the total cost estimated between Rs.15,000 crore and Rs.20,000 crore. The target is to have a capacity to handle 30-50 million passengers a year, compared with the 45 million passenger trips annually clocked at the current Mumbai airport and 25 million in Bengaluru.
UP government officials said the concessionaire for the airport project, which has been named as Noida International Airport, is likely to be finalised by 2019.