It’s just a matter of time before the Centre allows new airports to be set up within a radius of 150 kilometres of an existing airport.
A group of ministers (GoM) is already examining the legal aspects of this proposed move and has held consultations with the attorney-general of India for a final view on the matter.
Once the necessary changes are brought about in the norms to set up new airports, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport will be flanked by an airport each at Jhajjar in Haryana and Jhewar in Greater Noida.
States, including Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, are keen that the government alter its present policy that disallows setting up of new airports within a 150 km radius of an existing one.
However, the fate of another proposal — to set up an international airport at Shahpura (Rajasthan) — on the Jaipur-Delhi highway hangs in balance following procedural delays on part of the state government.
Haryana Chief Minister B.S. Hooda, in his second term after returning to power, has yet again sought the Centre’s speedy approval for the proposed airport project at Jhajjar.
A civil aviation ministry official told Hindustan Times that the issue came up for discussion at a recent meeting of the Cabinet Secretariat following which the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has asked the Union Civil Aviation ministry to give a status report on the setting up of this airport.
While the civil aviation ministry has already taken up the proposal for an airport at Greater Noida for an in-principle approval, the final decision will follow the GoM’s verdict.
Regarding the proposed project at Shahpura (near Jaipur), Rajasthan Industries Minister Rajendra Pareek said: “Talks are on to develop a second airport of international standard at Shahpura near Jaipur.”
On the delays, Pareek said he was regularly monitoring the project and was keen on this second airport, “which will cater to passenger and cargo”.
After flagging off the Noida City Centre Metro train in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, state Chief Minister Mayawati urged the Centre to clear the Jhewar airport project in Greater Noida for faster development of the region.
The Haryana government has communicated to the Centre that it has identified a 4347 acre plot in Jhajjar, which will be connected with an upcoming expressway.
The proposed airport in would cater to cargo operations and other aviation-related business including maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities.
With inputs from Nivedita Khandekar