UP Govt Surges Ahead with Construction of International Airport. Indian moves one-step ahead as the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) is all set for the construction of new international airport. The planned construction of its new international airport is coming up at Gautam Buddh Nagar, in the Jewar district after the farmers in-principal approval was granted earlier this year to the acquisition of their land required for the proposed airport. For this project, 2,335 farmers have given their land for 912ha. The acquisition is sufficient to fulfil about 75% of the land requirement for the first phase of the project, which requires a total of 1,334ha of land.
Jewar’s MLA Dhirendra Singh was quoted saying that they have accomplished the Herculean task of getting the consent for 70% land required for the project affirming the fact that the UP government will not be left behind in the development race. He further added that the proposed airport would boost economic activity in the region where almost zero progress was made in the last 15 years. The proposal for this airport was first submitted in 2002. The total land required for the Jewar airport project is approximately 3,000ha to 5000ha. The airport will be built in four phases and entail an investment of Rs157.54bn ($2.17bn).
The greenfield airport is likely to become operational by 2022-23. Its construction depends on a number of factors such as availability of land, concessionaire, financial closures, mandatory clearances, among others. The second airport in the region will be built at an estimated budget of Rs 20,000 crore. The Jewar Airport will also have an Aerocity on the lines of the one at the IGI airport which will be constructed by the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (Yeida), the nodal agency to set up the airport.