New airport policy to pave way for Greater Noida project

March 31st, 2008 - 11:54 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The new airport policy, expected to be announced next month, would pave the way for the Greater Noida airport project, which has been in limbo for quite some time, a top aviation ministry official said Monday. “The new airport policy would cover all practical problems coming in the way of the Greater Noida airport,” he said.

The airport, named as Taj International Aviation Hub, is coming up around 60 km off the Delhi airport. However, the project has got stuck owing to the Policy on Airport Infrastructure, 1997, which does not allow any greenfield airport within the 150 km of an existing airport.

In fact, the GMR Infrastructure Ltd, which runs the Delhi airport, has been crying foul, saying the Greater Noida airport will eat into its traffic. The civil aviation ministry is backing up the new project, citing a phenomenal growth in air traffic.

The official said the right of first refusal (RoFR), which the GMR currently enjoys, would be reversed once the new airport policy was in place.

The new policy would also cover the greenfield airports, cargo airports and all other airports coming up, he said.

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