Indian-Origin Man Proposes £6.7bn Cheaper Heathrow Runway Plans
Surinder Arora, a hotel tycoon, an Indian-origin ‘wealthy’ businessman in the UK has submitted plans for a new third runway at Heathrow airport, claiming to lower costs by £6.7 billion pounds.
Ministers have expressed a preference for the airport’s plans for a new runway and terminal costing 17.5 billion pounds, BBC reported.
Heathrow said it was already considering some of the ideas, and wanted to lower the cost too. Arora Group’s proposals include changing the design of terminal buildings and taxiways, and reducing the amount of land it is built on.
Arora said: “We want passengers to be at the heart of our plans and the current monopoly at Heathrow, which over-charges airlines and in turn raises fares for passengers, is not the right model for the future.
Heathrow needs competition and innovation which puts passengers and airlines at the heart of the expansion project”.
“One of the options we have proposed to the government includes a possible shift of the runway so that it does not impact on the M25 and M4, as we know the M25 junction being affected threatens the deliverability of the whole project.
Construction will not begin for at least three years, and it could be delayed by legal challenges over the runway’s environmental impact.
The Department for Transport has estimated a new runway at Heathrow would bring economic benefits to passengers and the wider economy worth up to 61 billion pounds, and create as many as 77,000 additional local jobs over the next 14 years.
“We appreciate this is a politically sensitive issue but it is merely an option with additional savings of 1.5 billion pounds, whereas the rest of our proposals save up to 5.2 billion pounds (USD 6.44 billion) without the need to amend the runway location,” Arora said.
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