Taj International Airport (Noida)

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The Taj International Airport was proposed to be built near Jewar in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, near the Delhi-NCR region, India.[1] The Uttar Pradesh government scrapped the ambitious project in May 2012[2] and appointed a Consortium of RITES and KPMG as consultants to locate another site around Agra or Mathura to build an airport by the same name.[3]

The Union government was not keen on clearing the project because it was too close to the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in Delhi. It was designed to serve the people of Uttar Pradesh and eastern Haryana to export flowers and other agri-goods from the Taj Special Economic Zone to markets in the Middle East and Europe.

The techno-feasibility report[edit]

The Central government cleared the techno-feasibility report for setting up the Taj International Airport and Aviation Hub in April 2003, It was to be constructed and operated by the year 2007-08. The new international airport, about 72 km from Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi, would be built at an approximate cost of Rs 5000 crore (Rs 50 billion) on an area of 1000 hectares, located north of Jewar in Gautam Buddha Nagar district of the state. Private participation under the (Built-Operate-Transfer) scheme had also been invited in the project. The central government approved the mega project in the last week of March after DGCA, Airports Authority of India and Indian Air Force gave a nod to the setting up of the airport. The new international airport would be part of the Taj Economic Zone, which was being developed on around 7,800 acres (3,200 ha) of land.[1]

Location[edit]

The project was located in Jewar village near Greater Noida, near the Yamuna Expressway.[4] now it is proposed at Hirangaon, (kurri kupa, darapur, bans jharna ) Near tundla Tehsil of firozabad.[citation needed] as the previous location was in radius of 150 km. The Planning Commission gave its approval for a new international airport at Greater Noida after finding it commercially viable. The proposed airport was within 72 kilometres of Indira Gandhi International Airport(IGI), Delhi. Its operators, the GMR Group had protested against plans for another airport at Greater Noida, claiming that it would impact traffic and revenue generation. GMR has right of first refusal (RoFR) on new airport within 150 kilometres of the existing Delhi airport. The RoFR was to ensure that GMR gets preference in bidding for the Greater Noida airport in case its bid is within 10% of the highest bidder.

Rail link[edit]

There were plans to connect the airport to New Delhi via NOIDA and Greater Noida through a super fast train similar to the one used between Pudong and Shanghai in China. Extension of the line may be extended to Gurgaon and Faridabad but that seemed unlikely as both the cities would have metro connections to Delhi by 2010 and monorail connects between them by 2012.

Political Support and opposition[edit]

The airport was a pet project of Ms Mayawati, leader of the BSP and ex Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. When Ms. Mayawati was supporting the Congress government at the Center it seemed that the airport project would be cleared with GMR being given the first right of refusal to creation of the airport. However, after the BSP voted against the Congress government on the India-US nuclear deal, the airport decision was put on hold. With RLD chief Ajit Singh taking over as the new Union civil aviation minister, hope was kindled for the long-cherished dream of having a greenfield Taj international airport and aviation hub (TIAH) at Jewar, near the national capital.[5]

Eventual outcome[edit]

Incumbent Chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav ditched the project in May 2012. Experts believed the new airport would have attracted only 5 and 8 per cent passenger and goods traffic respectively from the nearby Indira Gandhi International Airport. [2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Centre clears Taj International Airport project". Rediff buisiness, April 07, 2003 17:34 IST. 
  2. ^ a b Piyush Srivastava (2012-05-09). "Akhilesh scraps Maya's pet project of international airport in Greater Noida : Lucknow, News - India Today". Indiatoday.intoday.in. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  3. ^ "Agra to have international airport in 4-5 months". The Times of India. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "New initiatives". Greater Noida Authority. 
  5. ^ "Jewar airport may take off with Ajit Singh as aviation minister". Financialexpress, Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 at 0218 hrs IST. 

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