No GoM consensus on proposed Greater Noida airport (Lead)

October 21st, 2008 - 10:57 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) A Group of Ministers (GoM) which met Tuesday to take a call on constructing a greenfield airport at Greater Noida failed to reach consensus on the issue and will meet again later, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said.”We met and discussed the issue. But we have not been able to reach consensus. We will meet sometime later,” Patel told reporters after the meeting, which was attended among others by Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal.

Patel however could not specify when the GoM would meet again.

The airport is proposed to be built at Jewar in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh.

A controversy arose over the proposal as current norms stipulate that any airport proposal within 150 km of an existing one needs to be examined for its implications on existing infrastructure.

The proposed site in Greater Noida is within 150 km of the Delhi airport.

The government had earlier sought legal opinion on the issue and asked Attorney General Milon Banerjee for a report.

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