In a leg-up to the work on Noida International Airport, coming up in Jewar, 100% land acquisition for the project has been completed. The airport will come up over a sprawling 1,334 hectares of land.
UP's minister for industries and infrastructure development, Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi, confirmed that the land acquisition work is complete and the testing of the airport would begin in March 2024 while it would be ready for use by October 2024.
“The runway and the main building of the airport are being constructed. In all probability, we hope that the airport will be ready for use by October 2024,” said Nandi, after a review meeting of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority.
He said that all the necessary no objection certificates and clearances from the Union government have been obtained for the project.
Additional chief secretary, industries, Arvind Kumar, said that the land acquired has been handed over to Zurich Airport International AG, the company developing the airport. “Besides handing over the land to the developer, necessary changes in the master plan and development plan have been made and approved,” Kumar said.
He said the best part about land acquisition was that it was done seamlessly within the deadline. “Land acquisitions have traditionally been a bumpy ride for projects but in this case, it was hassle-free. We have also taken feedback from the people about the rehabilitation and settlement package and people are happy about it,” Kumar said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for the project in November last year.
According to officials, the airport is expected to connect cities like Agra, Mathura, Gautam Budh Nagar, Aligarh and Ghaziabad to the world. The proposed airport will also help in decongestion of IGI Airport in Delhi.
“This will accelerate industrialization in the region as it will integrate the industries in the hinterland to the global value chains. Improvement in air connectivity may also provide a boost to the tourism sector by increasing traffic inflow at the existing tourist sites and create more avenues for the development of new tourist centres,” officials said.