The proposal to develop a new airport, for which several sites are being explored including Jewar in Noida, would now be sent to the Cabinet for approval, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting attended by Civil Aviation Secretary Rajeev Nayan Choubey, Air India CMD Rohit Nandan, his Pawans Hans counterpart B P Sharma, Airports Authority of India Chairman R K Srivastava, Director General of Civil Aviation M Sathiyavathi and senior Civil Aviation Ministry officials besides Sharma.

“We have Good decision  to develop a second airport in the NCR as we want to reduce both pollution and air traffic at the Delhi Airport,” Sharma said.

The proposed airport would cater to both domestic and international traffic, he said adding, facility would also undertake cargo operations.

To a question on the site for the proposed airport, the Minister said Jewar would be the most appropriate as around 2,000 acres of land was already available for the project.

“We are talking to the UP government in this regard,” Sharma said, adding the Ministry is exploring other options as well.

he government can, however, approve establishment of greenfield airports at places where an existing airport is unable to meet the projected requirements of traffic. It can be allowed both as a replacement for an existing airport or for simultaneous operation.

Sharma, who represents the property of Gautam Buddha Nagar constituency under which Jewar falls, said that 2,378 acres of land in 35 villages was required in 2003 for the airport and that more land is available, if needed.

Property news he added that the proposal would first be discussed within the civil aviation ministry and with Prime Minister Narendra Modi before taking it forward. He indicated that a decision on the matter would be taken by the end of the year.

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