Noida International Airport in numbers: 1,300 hectares, Rs 10,500 crore
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 'gamechanger' for Uttar Pradesh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone for Noida International Airport, also known as Jewar Airport.
Once it becomes operational, Uttar Pradesh will have five international airports, the highest for any state in India.
On Wednesday, Modi tweeted:
Tomorrow, 25th November is a major day for India’s and Uttar Pradesh’s strides in infra creation. At 1 PM, the foundation stone of the Noida International Airport will be laid. This project will significantly boost commerce, connectivity and tourism. https://t.co/8sSa8R1aFl
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 24, 2021
As per an official press release, 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 added.
The airport 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 'gamechanger' for Uttar Pradesh.
Among other aspects, the airport will be linked to the planned Delhi-Varanasi high speed rail, enabling the journey between Delhi and 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.
Let's take a look at this airport by the numbers:
The area across which the first phase of the Noida International Airport is being constructed, making it Asia’s largest airport.
Rs 10,050 crore
The cost of developing the first phase of the airport, which is being done by Zurich International Airport AG.
The passenger capacity per year of the airport once the first phase is completed in 2024.
20 lakh metric tonne
The capacity of the cargo terminal, which will be later expanded to 80 lakh metric tonne
The number of people that attended the foundation stone laying event.
The number of international airports now in Uttar Pradesh, the highest for any state in India. The state previously had two international airports, one in Lucknow and Varanasi. Last month, Modi inaugurated the Kushinagar International Airport, and another one will come up in the temple town of Ayodhya in 2022
The number of people that will be employed — directly or indirectly — owing to the Jewar Airport.
This comes as the battle for credit continues with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Thursday claiming that a blueprint of an international airport at Jewar was prepared during the tenure of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati but the UPA government did not allow it to be built and a similar claim also being made by the Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.
Yadav on Thursday tweeted:
अगर सपा सरकार के समय फ़िरोज़ाबाद में प्रस्तावित एयरपोर्ट बनने की अनुमति केंद्र की भाजपा सरकार ने रोकी न होती तो इस समय ‘जेवर’ के साथ ‘चूड़ियों’ को भी जुड़ने का मौका मिलता और उप्र का वैकासिक शृंगार पूर्णता की ओर बढ़ता।
सपा ही देगी उप्र के विकास को नयी उड़ान। #बाइस_में_बाइसिकल
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) November 25, 2021
With inputs from agencies
The state, at present, has eight operational airports, while 13 airports and seven airstrips are being developed
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