Noida International Airport (NIA): Gautam Budh Nagar will be built in Jewar in the district. That’s why people are also calling it Jewar Airport. This will be the 5th international airport of Uttar Pradesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for it on Thursday, 25 November.
Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya were also present. A total cost of 30 thousand crores will be taken for the construction of this airport.
The second-largest airport in NCR, Asia
Jewar Airport will be the second airport in Delhi-NCR. Its distance from Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport is 72 kilometres. This airport will be built on more than 12 thousand acres of land. The construction work will be completed in phases. It is being claimed that when completed, it will be the largest airport in India and Asia.
At the same time, it will also become the fourth largest airport globally, overtaking the Orlando airport of America. Issuing a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office has said that due to the construction of this airport, the traffic at Delhi’s IGI Airport will be reduced. Air travellers from Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Agra, Faridabad and neighbouring cities will get a lot of convenience from this airport.
What is the distance from Delhi?
Its connectivity with cities is an essential point in the construction plan of the airport. This has also been taken care of for the creation of NIA. Being in Delhi-NCR, its distance from the capital is not much. It is not placed too far. Its distance from Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad is around 40 km. At the same time, the people of Greater Noida will have to cover a distance of 28 km to reach Jewar Airport.
According to the statement issued by the PMO, a ground transportation centre will be built at this airport. It will also have metro and high-speed rail stations, taxi, bus services and private parking. NIA and IGI will be connected by direct metro service.
It will also be linked to Yamuna Expressway, Western Peripheral Expressway, Eastern Peripheral Expressway, Delhi-Mumbai Expressway and all major roads and highways in the vicinity. Apart from this, the airport will also be connected with the proposed Delhi-Varanasi High-Speed Rail. It is claimed that the distance of Delhi-Varanasi can be covered in just 21 minutes on this route.
Swiss company to build an airport
Noida Airport will be run under Public-Private Partnership, i.e. PPP model. Zurich Airport International has taken the contract to build it. This company of Switzerland also looks after the construction of the largest airport there.
In November 2019, this company had finalized the deal to build Noida Airport. Under this, a target has been set to complete the first phase of the airport by 2024. Under this agreement, the license to design, build and operate the Noida International Airport has been given to Zurich Airport International for 40 years.
The construction of the airport will be done in 4 phases. The first phase will be completed by 2024. During this, two runways will be built on 3200 acres of land. In the next step, the third runway will be made on 3300 acres of land. For this, the process of land acquisition is still going on. The fourth runway will be built on 3250 acres, and the fifth runway will be proposed later.
Logistics Center of North India
Laying the foundation stone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Noida Airport would become the logistics gateway of North India. In a statement issued by the PMO, it has been told that a multi-modal cargo hub is being built in an airport in India for the first time. Initially, there will be a cargo terminal with a capacity of 20 lakh metric tonnes. This will be increased to 80 lakh metric tonnes.
PM Modi further said in his speech that Noida or Jewar airport would also become an important centre for exports. Due to this, the farmers of this region will get a lot of help exporting perishable things like milk, fruits, vegetables, fish.
PM Modi said that this airport would help transport small and medium industries of western UP to foreign markets. Noida airport will also have a state-of-the-art MRO, i.e. maintenance, repair and overhauling facility. Out of 3200 acres, 40 acres are to be allotted for this facility.
Country’s first zero-emission airport
According to the statement of the PMO, the Noida airport will be the first zero-emission airport in India. Trees from the place used for making it will be planted at another site and developed as a forest park. The land has been earmarked for this park.
The biggest thing
A day before the arrival of PM Modi for the foundation stone laying ceremony of the airport, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took stock of the preparations at the airport. During this, while talking to the media persons, CM Yogi said that 1 lakh people will get jobs due to the construction of this airport. He claimed that now airports are being built in those cities and areas of UP where people could not even imagine it earlier.