Greater Noida to get international airport in '5-6 years'
Roughly 3,000 hectares of land has been allocated for the airport project. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
An international airport will come up in Greater Noida's Jewar, India's civil aviation ministry said.
The airport will be operational in the next five to six years, Indian minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said.
The civil aviation minister confirmed: "We have granted approval for the Greenfield International Airport at Jewar, Greater Noida, to cater to growing flying requirements of NCR."
He added that Noida International Airport will cater to 30-50 million passengers per year over the next 10-15 years.
The proposed airport will come up at Jewar, roughly 84 kilometres from the international airport in India's capital city New Delhi.
The Jewar airport project, which was first conceived in 2001, is expected to lessen the burden of the international airport in New Delhi.
The plan to get the airport up at Jewar was shunned for a brief while because operators -- the GMR Group -- cited its close proximity to the Delhi airport would eat up into its revenues.