A high-level meeting of the Centre, state of UP and YEIDA was held on April 3, for discussions on taking forward the proposal of Noida International Greenfield Airport at Jewar. The meeting was attended by Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, MoS for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Jayant Sinha, MoS for Civil Aviation, RN Choubey, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Prabhat Kumar, Chairman, YEIDA and other senior officials of the Central and the State government.
Noida International Greenfield Airport is strategically located in respect of road distance about 72 km from IGI Airport, about 40 km from Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad, about 28 km from Greater Noida, 65 km from Gurugram 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.
MoCA had granted site clearance on July 6, 2017. The UP Government has appointed Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) as the implementing agency on its behalf in October 2017. YEIDA obtained a no objection certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Defence on January 11, 2018. To expedite the implementation of Airport project, a Project Monitoring and Implementation Committee (PMIC) has been constituted on March 27, 2018.
A land measuring 5,000 hectares (ha) has been identified by YEIDA for the project, out of which 240 ha. belongs to the state and the rest is with private owners. The first phase of acquisition of land measuring 1,327 ha.for construction of terminal buildings and runways is expected to be initiated in the month of June, 2018 by the YEIDA for necessary arrangements have been made.
It was decided in the meet that the 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, private vehicle connectivity, etc.) were identified to bring down cost and time involved for passenger and freight movement.
The airport is to be developed on Public Private Partnership model (PPP). 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.
In the meeting, timelines have been fixed for various activities and responsibilities assigned. The UP government is planning to lay the foundation stone of Phase 1 of the project by October 2018.