In a major development related to the most ambitious Jewar International airport project in Noida, the state government has now planned to put the foundation stone of the project by October 2018. This development took place in a meeting between Ministry of civil aviation, YEIDA and other stakeholders.
The meeting took place in the presence of Civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu which is also chaired by Minister of State Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Environment, Forest & Climate Change Mahesh Sharma, Chairman of YEIDA Prabhat Kumar and other senior officials of the central and state government.
In order to review the progress of the work, a Project Monitoring and Implementation Committee have also been formed on March 27, 2018. It will take care of all the implementations and development which will took place in the project in coming time.
In a statement issue by the ministry after the meeting, it was said that the airport will be developed on Public Private Partnership model (PPP). Along with this fixed timelines have also been fixed for various activities and responsibilities have been assigned to the concerned departments.
It also said, “A detailed discussion was held on the financial viability of the airport and various models of awarding the PPP concession were deliberated upon. The state government and YEIDA assured that funds for land acquisition are available and the process is expected to proceed smoothly.”
YEIDA chairman Prabhat Kumar also informed that 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 this year.
The Jewar airport project is one of the most ambitious projects of both center and state. The project was the dream of current Home Minister Rajnath Singh who was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in 2001. This project took waves after initial approval by Union Government in 2017. From then the development work took at a very fast pace whether it is finalizing the land or various other documentations.
Recently it was also decided to develop this airport in a full-fledged aviation hub. The airport once completed will be India’s biggest airport and will help in easing the passenger traffic of Delhi’s IGI airport. The Noida International Greenfield Airport is located about 72 km from Delhi airport. Many alternative routes are also being planned to lessen this distance.