In its 13th meeting on Wednesday in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, the Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL) Board approved the development plan of the upcoming Greenfield airport, the first phase of which will cost INR 5,730 Cr. The meeting was chaired by UP Government’s Chief Secretary and Chairman of the NIAL Board, Durga Shankar Mishra, who also reviewed the progress of the Noida International Airport project.
Currently, the ground levelling work and construction of the boundary wall is being undertaken. The construction Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower and the first runway is scheduled to begin in May and the project, being developed by the Yamuna International Airport Pvt. Ltd., is poised for completion by September 2024. The ongoing first phase of the Airport’s development is based on the master plan approved last year and has been examined by Engineers India Limited.
Wednesday’s NIAL Board meeting was also attended by CEO Arun Vir Singh and Nodal Officer Shailendra Bhatia.
All approvals for whatever sanctions required, including those regarding financial closures, have been granted by the Board and now no obstacle remains in development work, which is to be done by the concessionaire. The concessionaire has to hire the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractor and complete the construction work for the first phase by September 2024. In the first phase, the airport will have one runway and a capacity of handling 12 million passengers annually.”Shailendra Bhatia
Bhatia also said that The UP government’s mandate includes granting land for the project, which will be on the DBOT (design-build-operate-transfer) model by the private partner. YIAPL, a 100% subsidiary of the Zurich International Airport AG, will be focusing on constructing ‘green buildings’, wherein, energy and water conservation will be given attention to apart from digital technology. The Airport is also planned to work on the paperless operations model.
The Noida International Airport coming up in Jewar in western UP’s Gautam Buddh Nagar district is billed to be India’s largest airport upon completion. It will be spread over an area of 5,000 hectares. The first phase will be spread over 1,300 hectare, according to officials.