Civil Aviation Secretary R. N. Choubey has advised concerned state officials in the Uttar Pradesh government to form a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the proposed Jewar airport project.
This SPV will then appoint a consultant to do all the preparatory work for the tender process of awarding the project to a private developer.
Choubey’s advice came Friday on the sidelines of an industry conference.
The Union Cabinet had last month approved construction of an airport at Jewar in UP’s Gautam Budh Nagar district. The new airport will be 70-80 kms from Delhi.
Normally, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority, an undertaking of the state, would have carried out the process of appointing a consultant. The Authority owns the land across approximately 334 villages of Gautam Budh Nagar, Bulandshahar, Aligarh, Mahamaya Nagar, Mathura and Agra. Jewar is one of these villages.
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Choubey told the officials that the Authority was caught up with several other issues that were keeping it occupied and hence there could be a delay in the entire process if the central government waited for the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority to do the needful.
The Authority oversees the implementation of various residential, commercial and industrial projects in the areas falling under it. He asked the state government officials to hurry up the formation of the SPV as officials from the Haryana administration were also knocking on his doors for approval to set up an airport at Hissar.
Apparently, Haryana is willing to take up the Hissar airport project despite one coming up at Jewar in UP. The two were earlier in contest for a new airport near Delhi. Establishment of one airport weakens the viability of another one at a nearby area.
According to Choubey, the consultant appointed by the SPV, will prepare the documents for request for qualification and request for proposal that will seeks bids from private developers to set up the project.
A second airport near Delhi is most needed as the existing one in the capital is operating near capacity.
The airport will lie along the 165-km-long Yamuna Expressway that runs from Greater Noida to Agra.