GREATER NOIDA: The ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFC) on Tuesday approved the terms of reference of environmental clearance for an international airport at Jewar, along the 165-km long Yamuna Expressway, thereby doing away with the last hurdle on the path of this ambitious project.
On May 29, the ministry had given verbal approval for the terms of reference regarding environmental clearance.
“Today we have received terms of reference approval in writing to take the project ahead. The approval for terms of reference for environmental clearance by the ministry was the final hurdle, which has now been cleared. The MoEFC will invite objections and suggestions from general public online for 45 days and subsequently grant clearance to the project,” said Arun Vir Singh, chief executive officer, Yamuna Expressway industrial development authority (YEIDA), the nodal agency appointed by the Uttar Pradesh government for the project.
The YEIDA and the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Consulting firm that prepared the techno economic feasibility report, will have to provide details pertaining of the project and information about nearby forest are.
“We will prepare details on how many water bodies are located around site, how many forest reserves, lakes, ponds and other ecologically sensitive areas are present. We will also tell the MoEFC how are we going to make arrangements for water, electricity and other facilities, without damaging the ecology of the area,” said Shailendra Bhatia, officer on special duty, YEIDA.