Finally, the Jewar International Airport project received the two central statutory clearances required for starting the construction work at the airport site. This is the approval given by the Union environment ministry and now, the project only needs security clearance from MHA (Union home ministry) for the selected Zurich AG, concessionaire, for beginning the work at the site. The process of land acquisition for the construction of the first phase of the project for two runways is also completed.
It is believed that the environment ministry gave the necessary approvals after reviewing the report prepared and presented by Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) containing detailed information about the wildlife restoration and environment management plans. The report was presented by UP’s civil Aviation Director, Surendra Singh on January 28 before the ministry’s expert appraisal committee in Property in Delhi.
The presentation encompassed detailed plans about rehabilitation of the wildlife and other major points of conserving the flora and fauna at biodiversity-rich precincts of the airport. The concerns were raised for uprooting the mature trees present in the vicinity and increasing the number of Arjun and Babul trees during afforestation activity in Jewar. YEIDA report has clearly highlighted the conservation plan prepared by the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India and also specified the provisions for earmarking 133.4 hectares of “green belt” area within the airport site.
The Ministry evaluated the environment management plan comprised management of construction waste and debris, water management, maintaining the drainage system for avoid flooding, air and noise pollution mitigation.
The ministry will further assess the airport project on intelligence and security parameters before giving necessary approvals, officials said.