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NEW DELHI : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the Noida International Airport (NIA) in Gautam Buddh Nagar. PM Modi arrived at the place accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia. 

The airport is being developed by Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of the project's Swiss concessionaire Zurich International Airport AG.

Yamuna International Airport Pvt Ltd (YIAPL) is developing Noida International Airport under the PPP model in close partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Government of India.

The airport is spread over more than 1300 hectares of land and the completed first phase of the airport will have a capacity to serve around 1.2 crore passengers a year and work on it is scheduled to be completed by 2024.

The airport will be located almost 72 km from Delhi's Indira Gandhi airport - and about 40 km from Noida.

The airport is being made in line with PM’s vision towards boosting connectivity and creating a future-ready aviation sector and help establish Uttar Pradesh on the global map.

This inauguration will make Uttar Pradesh the only Indian state with five international airports. The Noida International Airport will be the second international airport to come up in the national capital region, after Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport.

India’s first net zero emissions airport will also have the provision of multi-modal seamless connectivity.

This is also the first time in India, an airport has been conceptualised with an integrated multi-modal cargo hub.

The projected cost of the proposed project is estimated at around 15000- 20000 crore and the development of the first phase of the airport is being done at a cost of around 10,050 crore.

Speaking on the occasion of the foundation laying stone ceremony of Noida International Airport, PM Modi said, "The Noida International Airport will become the logistic gateway of North India. It will act as one of the pillars of the National Gati-Shakti Master Plan."

The Prime Minister further said that be it poor or middle-class farmer or trader, labourer or entrepreneur, everyone gets a lot of benefits from it.

Modi took to Twitter on Wednesday to say that the airport will significantly boost commerce, connectivity and tourism in the state. 

Jyotiraditya M. Scindia while addressing the gathering at the Inaugural event said that, “ Noida International Airport will be a multi-modal connectivity hub. It will create employment opportunities for more than 1 lakh people. Soon we'll see 17 airports including an international airport at Ayodhya in the state" and thanked the Prime Minister. 

Civil Aviation Minister added, "The Jewar airport will host multi-modal connectivity and bring in investments worth 60,000 crore to UP."

According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the International Airport near Jewar will be developed as an Aviation Hub which is conceived to provide all the modern, efficient and hi-tech facilities. The airport area when fully operational is expected to have Aero and Non-Aero activities along with MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) facilities.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had also said that he expects investments of 10,000 cr after the first phase and to 35,000 crore once the airport is fully built.

The airport has run into controversy earlier when farmers claimed that the proposed construction took over their cultivable land. The protesting farmers have camped in tents 700 metres from the airport. Also in a surprise turn of event a local BJP MLA had admitted to acquiring land in a  hurry.  

 

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