Noida Airport, PM Modi: With Noida, 5 International Airports For UP Ahead Of Polls: 10 Points

With Noida, 5 International Airports For UP Ahead Of Polls: 10 Points

New Delhi:
Prime Minister Modi will lay the foundation stone of an international airport in UP’s Jewar – near Noida on the Delhi border – on Thursday, the centre has said, adding that the airport is part of the PM’s vision for a “future-ready aviation sector”.

Here are the top 10 points in this story:

  1. The Noida airport will be UP’s fifth international airport – the most of any state – and will be a “game-changer” for the state, the centre said in its statement. At present, UP has eight operational airports. A further 13 airport and seven airstrips are being developed, the centre added.

  2. The Noida airport will also be only the second international airport in the national capital region; the other is the Indira Gandhi International Airport. It will serve people in Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Agra, and Faridabad, and decongest air and vehicular traffic in and around IGI airport, the centre said.

  3. Earlier UP had two international airports – Chaudhary Charan Singh in Lucknow and one in Varanasi (Prime Minister Modi’s constituency). Since 2012 a third has been set up in Kushinagar and a fourth – in the temple town of Ayodhya – is expected to become operational early next year.

  4. Work on the first phase of the Noida airport is expected to be completed by 2024 – when the country will vote in the 18th Lok Sabha election. The Noida airport is being billed as the “logistics gateway of northern India” and will help “establish UP on the global logistics map”, the centre has said.

  5. First phase costs are over Rs 10,050 crore and the airport will be spread over 1,300 hectares, according to the centre. Around 1.2 crore passengers a year will be served. Work on the airport is being executed by international bidders Zurich Airport International AG as concessionaire.

  6. It will be India’s first net zero emissions airport. It has earmarked dedicated land to be developed as forest park using trees from the project site. NIA will preserve all native species and be nature positive throughout the development of the airport.

  7. Airport connectivity will be handled by a ‘Ground Transportation Centre’ with a “multimodal transit hub, housing metro and high-speed rail stations, taxi, bus services and private parking”. The nearby cities of Noida and Delhi will be connected via “hassle-free metro services” and major roads and highways will link the airport to other cities, the centre said.

  8. The airport – being built in the Gautam Buddh Nagar district on the Delhi border – is a key infrastructure project of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s government ahead of next year’s election.

  9. UP will vote for a new government in 2022, with the ruling BJP set on retaining power in India’s most populous state – one that sends as many 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha, making it a key state for any party or alliance looking to form the central government.

  10. The UP Assembly election will be watched for that reason, with the BJP’s performance being seen as an indicator of its appeal to voters.

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