NEW DELHI: The Centre has set up a project monitoring and implementation committee (PMIC) to ensure the speedy completion of the greenfield Noida International Airport at Jewar whose first phase is supposed to get operational in three to four years. The UP government is planning to lay the foundation stone of Phase 1 of this project by October 2018.
Jewar Airport Projects
“Land measuring 5,000 hectares has been identified by Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) for the project, out of which 240 hectares belongs to the state government and rest is with private owners. The first phase of acquisition of land measuring 1,327 hectares for construction of terminal buildings and runways is expected to be initiated in June, 2018 by YEIDA for (which) necessary arrangements have been made,” the aviation ministry said in a statement on Tuesday night after a meeting of aviation ministers Suresh Prabhu, Jayant Sinha and aviation secretary R N Choubey with YEIDA chairman Prabhat Kumar and other senior officials of the central and UP government.
In the meeting, timelines have been fixed for various activities and responsibilities assigned.
“Planning for the airport will take into account holistic planning of the urban area around the airport. Intra and inter-city connectivity with various modes of transport (linkages with the existing Delhi airport, railways, metro, buses, autos and private vehicle connectivity) were identified to bring down cost and time involved for passenger and freight movement. Balanced economics for all stakeholders. The airport is to be developed on Public Private Partnership model (PPP),” the ministry statement said.
Noida International Airport is about 72 km from IGI Airport; 40 km from Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad, about 28 km from Greater Noida, 65 km from Gurgaon and 130 km from Agra. It is well connected via Yamuna Expressway that will serve domestic and international tourists to reach Agra, Mathura and Vrindavan.
“The aviation ministry is committed to the building of airport capacity as part of its NABH (NextGen Airports for Bharat) Nirman initiative. Three key aspects of NABH Nirman are (1) fair and equitable land acquisition, (2) long-term master plan for airport and regional development and (3) balanced economics for all stakeholders. As part of NABH Nirman, MoCA called a meeting of all stakeholders to review the progress of setting up of Noida International Greenfield Airport at Jewar,” the ministry statement said.