Greater Noida: After a long hiatus of approximately 16 years, the much-awaited airport at Jewar has moved one more step closer to reality. The Defence Ministry has finally given its no-objection certificate to the ambitious project.
According to Shailendar Bhatia, officer on special duty, YEIDA, “The NOC was granted to the directorate of civil aviation, government of Uttar Pradesh on January 11 and we have received the letter from Lucknow on January 23.”
While giving their final nod, the Defence Ministry had set certain conditions for the airport. The conditions include a provision for uninterrupted landing and parking facilities for defence and paramilitary aircraft besides free landing, parking and use of infrastructure facilities required for defence operations.
Extending more information on this, Bhatia stated, “Radio navigational aids will also have to be installed at the airfield and made available for IAF aircraft and transiting flights. The airport operator will also have to ensure installation of radar and MAV-aids at the airfield besides ensuring that no interference is caused with IAF radar and MAV-aids operational at nearby IAF station at Hindon, Agra, etc. Also, we will have to ensure that direct communication facilities are established between ATC at the proposed airport at Jewar and the ATC at air force station Hindon effecting a smooth coordination between civil and military ATS units,”
He further added that the operator will also have to ensure that earmarking of airspace, ATS routes, arrival/departure routes and instrument approach procedures at the proposed airport do not interfere or infringe with the IAF restricted, prohibited and danger airspaces and ATS procedures.
In May 2016, YEIDA officials had requested the Defence Ministry to give their go-ahead for the project. After that, they were asked to conduct an archaeological and cultural survey to check and identify whether there are any historical and places of archaeological importance, which could in future prove to be a roadblock for the project.