Agra Civil Terminal project ‘postponed for some time’ due to lack of environment clearance. India News – Times of India

Agra: Construction of civil terminal at Kheria airport Agra The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has said in a reply that work on its boundary wall has been temporarily stopped due to lack of environmental clearance, four years after it began. Right to information query filed by Supreme court lawyer KC Janney,
According to the RTI reply, environment clearance for the 30,000 sqm terminal building with a capacity to handle 700 passengers at peak hours could not be obtained due to a court case. The estimated construction cost was Rs 398 crore.
The reply also mentions that an amendment application has been filed in the Supreme Court. After getting the environmental clearance, the action plan will be prepared again.
TOI found an AAI report on “projects under planning during the calendar year 2020”, which mentioned that tenders were invited for the development of the new civil enclave in Agra, but it had to be cancelled, pending “an ongoing Court case findings and environmental impact assessment”. (EIA) clearance by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF).
Jain said that the Supreme Court in its order dated December 11, 2019 had allowed AAI to build an additional terminal at the Agra airport. Surprisingly, the airport authority did not get environmental clearance to build a civil terminal.
“On the one hand, there is talk of building a new civil terminal at the earliest. On the other hand, the disclosure in the RTI about the plan being stalled is very disappointing for Agra’s tourism and other industries.” Senior Advocate added.
Only five cities are connected to Agra by air: Bengaluru, Bhopal, Lucknow, Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The airstrip in Agra airport belongs to the Indian Air Force.
Agra airport director AA Ansari also said that MoEF has not granted necessary approvals for the construction of the civil terminal as the matter is pending in the Supreme Court. “We are going to file a petition in the Supreme Court to get environment clearance. For this a formal request has been sent to the Headquarters.
During this, the passengers are facing a lot of trouble. Agra-based shoe exporter and social activist Puran Davar said while smaller cities were getting their airports at a faster pace, Agra has been denied the facility for unclear reasons. “The Taj City attracts over eight million tourists annually. The delay in the construction of the proposed civil enclave is highly objectionable. The state and central government should take cognizance of the whole matter.