Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the new Jewar Airport, or Noida International Airport, earlier today. The airport has been in the news for several years now. And for good reason.
The foundation stone laying ceremony at Noida International Airport. Photo: India today
Here are 10 interesting facts about the new airport that you might not know (or might) know.
1. DOUBLED TO BE THE LARGEST AIRPORT IN ASIA
When completed, Noida International Airport will be “Asia’s largest airport,” according to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The Jewar airport complex will cover 51 km², which is huge compared to Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI), which covers 21 km². When completed, Noida International Airport will have six to eight runways, the maximum for any airport in India.
2. IDEA PROPOSED FOR THE FIRST BY RAJNATH SINGH IN 2001
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh at an event. Photo: Getty Images
The proposal to build Noida International Airport was initiated by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh in 2001, then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. This was put forward by his successor Mayawati, who acquired 2,000 acres for the airport. But there was a problem. The proposed airport was within 150 kilometers of Delhi Airport (Indira Gandhi International Airport), and this violated a policy: there could be no airport within 150 km of Delhi Airport. Delhi.
Moreover, few people know that in 2001 Rajnath Singh also inaugurated the DND Flyway, the artery that connects Delhi and Noida.
3. CONNECTIVITY THROUGH FOUR STATES
Jewar Airport will serve residents of Western UP, Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan. The airport will also be linked to the Delhi-Mumbai highway near Ballabhgarh in Haryana.
4. ESTIMATED COST OF THE AIRPORT: 30,000 CRORE RS
A provision from Noida International Airport to Jewar. Photo: Getty Images
The total area of the airport is estimated at 5,000 hectares, of which 1,334 hectares have been acquired. The first phase, which is expected to be completed by 2024, will cost around Rs 10,050 crore. Once the last and fourth phase are completed by 2040-2050, the total cost would be around Rs 30,000 crore.
5.10TH AIRPORT IN MORE IN SEVEN YEARS
There were only two airports in Uttar Pradesh in 70 years. In the past 7 years, it is the 10th airport to be built in the state. Along with Jewar, UP is the only state in the country to have five international airports (the others being Lucknow, Kushinagar, Ayodhya and Varanasi). A moment of pride for the people of UP.
A futuristic and friendly Noida airport! pic.twitter.com/ImqUVAVUuf
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 25 November 2021
6. 1.2 CR PASSENGERS EXPECTED ANNUALLY
Of the 1.2 crore expected passengers, 90% would be domestic passengers, said airport development company Zurich Airport International AG. The company, which won the tender in November 2019 to develop the airport, says that once the final phase is completed, the airport’s carrying capacity would be around 70 billion. It’s enormous.
7. METRO CONNECTIVITY BETWEEN IGI AND JEWAR AIRPORT DURING WORK
Reports also indicate that for the convenience of people, metro connectivity between IGI Airport and Noida International Airport is being developed. The plan is still in its early stages and as the first phase of Noida Airport is completed in 2024, we may learn more about this development.
8. RS 4 326 CRORE FOR PERSONAL REHABILITATION
Since 1,324 hectares of land were acquired, the government is expected to spend approximately Rs 4,326 crore on the rehabilitation and resettlement of the population. Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal said the prime minister was personally monitoring the project.
9. DELHI TO JEWAR IN 21 MINUTES
The airport will be connected to the Delhi-Varanasi high-speed rail corridor, reducing the journey between Delhi and the airport to just 21 minutes. In fact, all nearby highways like Yamuna Expressway, Western Ring Road, Eastern Ring Road, Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will be connected to the airport.
10. WILL STRENGTHEN TOURISM IN AGRA AND MATHURA
Taj Mahal. Photo: Getty Images
Since the airport is 130 km from Agra and 86.3 km from Mathura, it is intended to boost tourism in Uttar Pradesh. For visitors to the Taj Mahal, Agra or the Temples of Mathura, Jewar Airport will be the ideal landing destination.