The reconstituted Group of Ministers (GoM) on the Greater Noida airport has asked the civil aviation ministry to prepare a report on the projected passenger traffic at the proposed airport within the next three months.
The GoM, which met here on Tuesday, found major differences in air traffic projections submitted by the Uttar Pradesh government and the Delhi International Airports Limited (DIAL) that runs the IGI Airport.
"The GoM felt that there was a lot of difference in the projections submitted by the state government and DIAL. Realistic figures are needed. These projections will now be examined by the Civil Aviation Ministry and the Airports Authority of India and experts opinion would also be sought," Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel told reporters after the meeting.
The UP government had first mooted the proposal for a new airport way back in 2001. The proposal for the airport had been held up because a 1997 rule says that no new airport can be set up within 150kms of an existing one.
The proposed airport would be just 72 kilometres away from the Delhi airport. Patel is already on record that he does not favour the airport policy, which prohibits existence of two airports within 150 kms of each other.
Asked when the next meeting of GoM would be held, Patel said the study of traffic figures would take about three months.