Noida: Construction work begins at international airport site in Jewar

By, Noida
Aug 23, 2021 10:58 PM IST

The construction work on the Noida international airport project started on Monday in Gautam Budh Nagar’s Jewar area

The construction work on the Noida international airport project started on Monday in Gautam Budh Nagar’s Jewar area.

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The airport is proposed to come up on 1,334 hectares over the next four years under phase 1 of the project.

The Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), the special purpose vehicle created for developing the airport, confirmed the development.

“We have commenced preparatory work at the construction site of the airport after getting approvals from all the relevant authorities. We are also thankful to the UP government in providing us full support to expedite work at the airport site,” read a statement from YIAPL, which is a fully-owned subsidiary of Zurich Airport International, the Swiss company that won the rights to develop the project last year.

According to officials, the first phase of the airport will have a capacity to serve 12 million passengers a year.

On Monday, the company began levelling the field that was once agricultural land, said Arun Vir Singh, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Noida International Airport Limited (Nial), which is the Uttar Pradesh government’s nodal agency to implement the mega project.

“We allowed the company to construct a boundary wall at the site. Gradually the construction of site office and an air traffic control building too will start,” said Singh. Nial has on its board the Uttar Pradesh government, Noida Authority, the Greater Noida Authority and the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (Yeida).

Singh said phase 1 of the project is scheduled to be completed in 36 months. “The phase 1 the includes 1,334 hectare of land and will commence operations with one runway. Later, more runways will be added. In each phase, the airport will expand to serve 70 million passengers by the end of phase 4, subject to passenger growth and traffic,” he added.

There will be two runways in phase 1. By the end of phase 4, the airport is projected to have five runways and over 5,000 hectares.

Singh said YIAPL had secured 3,725 crore loan from the State Bank of India (SBI) earlier this month. “This amount has now been disbursed to the company for the construction of the airport,” he said.

A formal foundation stone laying ceremony will also be held at the airport site soon and is likely to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

“All preparations for the ceremony are done and it will be held as soon as we get a final confirmation from the Prime Minister’s office on the date,” said Dhirendra Singh, Jewar MLA.

Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate Suhas LY said the commencement of construction of the airpor was a matter of pride for the district.

“This has only been possible because of the support of nearly 9,000 farmers and local residents who gave their land for the mega project. In fact, their rehabilitation was probably the largest in the country. Generally, land becomes a major bone of contention in such big projects, but the people have been supportive,” said Suhas.

Officials said the land for first phase has been acquired from villages Ranhera, Rohi, Parohi, Kishorpur, Dayanatpur and Banwaribas in Jewar sub-division of GB Nagar.

The airport is billed to be the largest in India upon completion and will be the National Capital Region’s third, after the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) and Ghaziabad’s Hindon airport.


    Ashni Dhaor is a correspondent with Hindustan Times. She covers crime, education, health, politics, civic issues and environment in Ghaziabad city. She graduated from Delhi University in 2015 and has since been working with Hindustan Times since.

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