Industry experts are already calling the Jewar International Airport a catalyst in making Uttar Pradesh an export centre and rendering better access of overseas markets to MSMEs. However, UP Government’s recent announcement solidified the agenda of making the airport a logistics gateway for North India. The State Government has given a green signal to the proposal for connecting Delhi-Mumbai Expressway to the Yamuna Expressway, and further to the Jewar International Airport, via interchanges and viaducts. The spur will provide direct access for vehicles to and from the Airport terminal to the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway. The task to build this connecting link will be designated to NHAI and the cost-sharing arrangement between the State Government and Haryana government will be 50-50. Once completed, it will be India’s largest airport.
The Jewar Airport will be India’s first airport with an integrated multi-modal cargo hub with the capacity to handle high volumes of cargo, thereby, providing a thrust to the State’s economic progress and the overall EXIM activity of the country. The development of a Ground Transportation Center is also anticipated that will house metro and high-speed rail stations, taxi & bus services and private parking.
The spur and interchanges between the two expressways and their further connection to the Jewar International Airport will also result in better connectivity between the hinterland and JNPT in Mumbai, which means lesser turnaround time and time to market for cargo. Thus, fixing the supply chain leakage with lesser time taken and distance travelled. There will also be an added integration with the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and the Dedicated Freight Corridor. It is also evident that with the increased connectivity of the hinterland, there will be a boost in warehousing along the expressways and the Airport in the long run. This will also result in the collective development of the Ghaziabad-Noida-Dadri industrial cluster.
The connection of both expressways will also be a link with the logistics hubs in the west (Manesar, Sohna, Palwal and Nuh). Additionally, the linkage from Jewar to Ballabhgarh will ease cargo movement between Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI Airport) and Jewar International Airport. The strategic location of the Airport and its connection to both the expressways will ultimately prove to be a growth stimulus for UP.