Enhance Connectivity: Noida International Airport to seamlessly connect with Chola through expressways and railway line

To enhance connectivity between the upcoming Noida international airport and cargo hub at Chola in Bulandshahr, the decision to construct two expressways and a railway line has been taken.

Chola, which is on the Delhi-Howrah route is a key gateway for the movement of cargo to western Uttar Pradesh. It is from west UP districts and adjoining Haryana cities that the Noida airport is expected to derive much of its footfall.

Initially, there were plans to build a single expressway and a railway line to Chola. But, to enhance connectivity and facilitate a comprehensive development of 55 Bulandshahr villages that recently came under the jurisdiction of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), a decision to build an additional expressway was taken.

These revised connectivity proposals were among several projects that were given in-principle approval by the YEIDA board in a meeting on Monday.

As per officials, the two expressways– 2.5km apart – will cover a distance of 18-20km between the airport and Chola station. And, the proposed railway track that will run in parallel to the expressways would also be 20km long and integrate further with the Orbital Rail corridor that is being built from Palwal to Khurja.
Warehouses and other logistical facilities will come up on the land between the expressways, officials informed.

“This infrastructure development will benefit the logistics and warehousing industry in the region. This area will be connected by road, air, and rail, all of which are lifelines for this industry,”

Arun Vir Singh, the YEIDA CEO.

A proposal to build the tracks between the airport and Chola has already been sent to the railway ministry. There are plans to upgrade the Chola station as well so that superfast trains like Shatabdi Express and Vande Bharat can stop here.

A further discussion on the connectivity proposals will be discussed at another meeting scheduled for July 11 in Lucknow.

In addition to the discussion on railway and road links on Monday, the officials also approved the acquisition of 3,240 acres in sectors 9 and 11 off the Yamuna Expressway and Tappal-Bajna in Aligarh for industrial development.

The land chunks, which are close to the upcoming airport, will be used to establish country-specific industrial and manufacturing towns, with a focus on Japanese or Korean investors.

“They will serve as the foundation for industrial and educational centers. We plan to attract Japanese and Korean investors to set up country-specific industrial and manufacturing towns in Tappal-Bajna, which is adjacent to the airport,” Singh said. Here, the land will be allotted to firms interested in developing special economic zones.

Land in this area will have a mixed-use – 75% will be reserved for industrial development, 12% for housing, 8% for commercial use, and 5% for institutional purposes.

“Sector 11 will focus on industrial development. Companies engaged in the manufacturing of electric vehicle (EV) motors, batteries, and semiconductors will be allotted land in this sector,” he informed.

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