The Greater Noida authority said that it has received the necessary approvals from the director general of civil aviation (DGCA) for its ambitious heliport project.
“We will now seek environment clearances from the ministry of environment and forest (MOEF) and security clearances from ministry of home affairs before starting work at the site on this 25-acre heliport project,” said Deepak Agarwal, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Greater Noida authority.
The Rs 50 crore heliport will be constructed across 25 acres in Safipur village, along the Noida-Greater Noida expressway near the Gautam Budh University. An additional 15 acres of land has been reserved for the future expansion of the aviation project, said officials.
“We aim to develop Delhi-NCR’s largest heliport on a public-private-partnership model. Once we get environment and security clearances, we will select a private agency that will manage and run the facility through a global tender,” said Agarwal.
As per the plans, helicopter flights will be available for neighbouring cities. Officials said that they aim to provide helicopter flights at an economical tariff.
“Helicopters are generally used to travel short distances quickly. It can be economical for passengers if the project is aided by the government. Lately, helicopters with a seating capacity of up to 30 people are available. We use helicopters for trips of up to 90 minutes,” said Captain Gurcharan Bhatura, director general, foundation for aviation and sustainable tourism.
“Pawan Hans is already running a heliport in Delhi’s Rohini and Uttrakhand government in Dehradun,” he added.
The proposed heliport will have the facilities for parking, garage for maintenance and scheduled commercial flights managed by a private agency.
“We hope that work will be started at the heliport by the end of 2016. It will have the facility to park around 20 helicopters at a time. We aim to provide cheap travel to religious places like Kedarnath. Corporate houses, realtors and politicians, who need helicopters during elections, can also use the facility by paying,” said another Greater Noida authority official.