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Jewar (UP), Nov 25 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the Noida International Airport at Jewar in Uttar Pradesh.
It will be one of the largest airports in Asia.
The airport, the second international aerodrome in Delhi-National Capital Region, is expected to be operational by September 2024 with an initial capacity to handle 1.2 crore passengers per annum.
The airport, spread over 1,330 acres of land, will be developed by Zurich Airport International AG.
On Wednesday, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said the Noida International Airport will become one of the largest airports in Asia.
It will be the fourth largest international airport in the world and the project would create more than one lakh job opportunities, according to the Uttar Pradesh government.
The first phase of the aerodrome is being done at a cost of more than Rs 10,050 crore, and the ground work regarding land acquisition and rehabilitation of the affected families has been completed, an official release said on Tuesday.
The airport at Jewar will help decongest the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in the national capital. It is strategically located and will serve the people of cities including Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Agra, Faridabad and neighbouring areas, the release said.
It will also be the country's "first net zero emissions airport".
According to the Union government, the airport will be the logistics gateway of northern India, and with its scale and capacity, the aerodrome will be a "game changer" for Uttar Pradesh.
For the first time, an airport has been conceptualised with an integrated multi-modal cargo hub, with a focus on reducing the total cost and time for logistics. The dedicated cargo terminal will have a capacity of 20 lakh metric tonnes, which will be expanded to 80 lakh metric tonnes.
The airport will also develop a Ground Transportation Centre that will feature a multi-modal transit hub, housing metro and high-speed rail stations, taxi, bus services and private parking.
Among other aspects, the airport will be linked to the planned Delhi-Varanasi high speed rail, enabling the journey between Delhi and the airport in only 21 minutes, the release said.
There will also be a state-of-art MRO (maintenance, repair and overhauling) service. The airport will introduce a swing aircraft stand concept, providing flexibility for airlines to operate an aircraft for both domestic and international flights from the same contact stand, without having to re-position the aircraft.
In a release on Thursday, Zurich Airport International said the Noida International Airport will combine Indian culture, hospitality and design with Swiss technology and efficiency.
The airport, to be built through Public Private Partnership (PPP) with an overall investment of Rs 5,730 crore, will be a digital airport, offering passengers a safe and contactless travel experience as well as customised commercial offerings, the release said.
In December 2020, Zurich Airport International had selected a consortium consisting of Nordic, Grimshaw, Haptic and STUP as the architects to design the passenger terminal of the airport at Jewar.
According to the release, the airport's terminal forecourt will feature flights of steps like the famous ghats of Varanasi and Haridwar.
"Delivering the look and feel of a haveli, a courtyard will allow fresh air and sunlight into the terminal building. Inspired by the important rivers of the region, a white, translucent, wavy roof will give the effect of a flowing river.
"The passenger terminal will feature intricate ornamental lattice screens, inspired by Indian architecture. Noida International Airport will showcase a grand entry to the state of Uttar Pradesh," it added.
Christoph Schnellmann, Chief Executive Officer of Yamuna International Airport Private Ltd (YIAPL), said the Noida international airport will connect western Uttar Pradesh to other Indian cities and the world. "This world class airport will set a benchmark in aviation infrastructure and development of multiple-airport systems in India.”
Yamuna International Airport Private Ltd (YIAPL), in which Zurich Airport International has 100 per cent stake, will be developing the airport.
In poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, various development projects have been inaugurated in recent months. On October 20, Modi had inaugurated the Kushinagar international airport.
Currently, there are nine operational airports in Uttar Pradesh, including three international aerodromes at Lucknow, Varanasi and Kushinagar. Eight more airports, including the one at Jewar, will be coming up in three years.
The six other operational airports in the state are at Agra, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Hindon and Bareilly.
On Wednesday, Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal said five aerodromes are expected to be ready at Aligarh, Chitrakoot, Azamgarh, Moradabad and Shravasti in 2022.
In 2023, two more are expected to come up at Ayodhya and Muirpur. PTI RAM ABM