The director of Uttar Pradesh civil aviation department on Friday visited the proposed site for the international airport in Jewar, according to officials of Yamuna Expressway industrial development authority (YEIDA).
“Director Devendra Swarup came unaccompanied to our office on Friday because he wanted to visit the site we have reserved for this project. We took him to the site located in Jewar. After visiting the site, Swarup immediately left for Delhi,” RK Singh, additional chief executive officer (ACEO) of YEIDA, said.
Officials said that the director, however, did not issue any directions to the expressway authorities with regard to the land or the airport project.
“At present, we have only identified that the land belongs to farmers. We can begin the process of acquiring land for the project if the UP government issues directions. However, Swarup did not issue any directions on the land for the project,” Singh said.
Singh said that the director also failed to reveal whether the UP government would expedite this project.
“We do not have any other instruction on the proposed airport. So I do not know the fate of this project,” Singh said.
YEIDA in 2015 had earmarked nearly 5,000 acres of agricultural land in Jewar area, along the 165-km Yamuna Expressway that connects Greater Noida with Agra. YEIDA move came after the Union civil aviation ministry and the Uttar Pradesh government had expressed their desire to construct an airport.
After becoming the minister of state for civil aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma on November 11, 2014 reiterated that getting an airport build at Jewar was a priority. Dr Sharma said he has repeatedly asked the UP government to submit a detailed project report (DPR) on the project.
Similarly, the UP chief secretary has also expressed interest and said that the UP state government wants to build an Airport in Jewar along the expressway.
“An international airport along the Yamuna Expressway has the potential to decongest Delhi’s traffic as the share of public using the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport will decrease considerably. At present, around 1.5 lakh passengers use the IGI Airport every day,” an official said.