The Uttar Pradesh government has sought a fresh "technical evaluation" for the proposed international airport at Jewar in the state.
Against the backdrop of rising air passenger traffic, there have been discussions for setting up a second airport in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The proposal for technical evaluation for Jewar airport has been made by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government which came to power last month.
Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil AviationThe current BJP government (in Uttar Pradesh) has requested us for a technical evaluation because the previous technical evaluation for Jewar airport was done many years ago. So we are doing a fresh technical evaluation.
There is a Greenfield Airports Policy in place for setting up new airports.
In 2016, the Civil Aviation Ministry said it had received a proposal from the then state government for grant of site clearance for the proposed airport near Jewar.
The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in the national capital handles around 1,100 flights everyday, and plans are afoot to increase the aerodrome's capacity.
Jayant Sinha Within a few years, we will be using the capacity of Indira Gandhi International Airport... We (would) have to add the second airport for NCR relatively soon.
(With inputs from PTI.)