The upcoming international airport at Jewar saw another development with the Ministry of Defence giving its approval with an NOC to the monumental project. “The NOC was granted to directorate of civil aviation, government of Uttar Pradesh on January 11 and we have received the letter from Lucknow on January 23,” Shailendar Bhatia, officer on special duty, YEIDA, the nodal agency assigned by the State Government for the undertaking said on January 25, 2018.

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As stated by Bhatia, the Defence Ministry had determined definite stipulations at the time of giving approval 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,” the OSD said.

“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 said.

“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,” he added.

As confirmed by YEIDA authorities, they had requested the defence ministry to approve the project in May 2016. Since then, YEIDA was asked to conduct an archaeological and cultural research carried out to identify the layout of the region determining any chronological and places of archaeologic significance, which might eventually prove to be a hindrance for the project.

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