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Progress of Jewar Airport Development

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Jewar Airport is officially named Noida International Greenfield Airport located in Jewar, in Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh. Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) is the implementing agency on behalf of the Government of Uttar Pradesh. Jewar Airport shall spread over 5,000 hectares of land on the Taj Expressway, between Noida and Agra.

The greenfield International Airport on completion shall have a total of six runways and is expected to be the third-largest Airport in the World and biggest in Asia on the basis of total number of runways.

Switzerland-based Zurich International AG had won the order to build, develop and operate Jewar Airport in December 2019 under a concession of 40 years at an estimated cost of Rs 29,560 crore.

Jewar Airport Receives Support Agreement from UP Government

Jewar Airport - Signing State Support Agreement
Support Agreement for Jewar Airport signed in the presence of Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, Christoph Schnellmann, CEO, NIAL and Rajendra Kumar Tiwari, Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh among others
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Upcoming Jewar International Airport has received ‘State Support Agreement’ from Uttar Pradesh Government to begin construction at site. The tripartite agreement was signed by Uttar Pradesh Government, Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL) and Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL).

NIAL is the owner of the upcoming Jewar airport. YIAPL, a 100% subsidiary of Zurich Airport International, is the operator of the Jewar Airport and shall be developing the Jewar Airport.

Earlier in March 2020, Jewar Airport had received the environment clearance (EC) from the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEF&CC). This year Rs. 2,000 Cr. was also allocated to the Jewar Airport in the annual state budget of Uttar Pradesh.

Further Steps Towards Beginning of Construction of Jewar Airport

On receiving the state support agreement, YIAPL will be getting the Jewar Airport map approved by all agencies in order to start work. Airport Authority of India (AAI) and the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have already approved the map. Next, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) needs to give its approval. On receiving BCAS approval, YEIDA should approve the same in its board meeting. Following that approval NIAL shall provide approval through its board meeting. Thereafter YIAPL, the agency formed to develop and run the project, shall begin its work.

Jewar Airport and Associated Developments

Jewar Airport is to be Developed Under Four Phases

Phase I: Phase-I of the Jewar Airport is in implementation stage; site preparation works (soil leveling & geotechnical investigation) are currently underway. Phase-I is spread over 1,334 hectares of land and construction is likely to commence in June-July 2021. Phase-I will be built with a handling capacity of 12 million passengers per annum. The estimated cost of Phase-I is Rs. 3,754 crore and the expected completion timeline is by 2024.

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Phase II: Second phase of the Jewar Airport shall be built with 30 million passengers per annum handling capacity. The estimated cost of Phase-II is Rs. 3,537 crore with an expected completion date of 31-Mar-2030. On 16th March, the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet gave its approval for acquisition of 1,365 hectares of land for Phase 2. YEIDA shall provide 65 hectares of land and the rest shall be acquired. The UP Government has approved Rs. 2,890 Cr. for acquisition of private land for Phase 2 of Jewar Airport.

Phase III: This is under the planning phase. Phase- II shall be built with 50 million passengers per annum handling capacity. The estimated cost of Phase-III is Rs. 8,415 Cr with an expected completion time-line by 2035.

Phase IV: Fourth phase shall be built with 70 million passengers per annum handling capacity. The estimated cost of Phase-IV is Rs. 10,575 Cr with an expected completion date as 31-Mar-2039.

Consultants, Architects Appointed for Jewar International Airport

Zurich Airport International* has selected a consortium consisting of Nordic, Grimshaw, Haptic, and STUP as the architects to design the passenger terminal.

*Flughafen Zürich AG is the parent company and Zurich Airport International AG is its subsidiary, which shall develop the Jewar Airport.

YEIDA has appointed Ernst & Young Global Limited (E&Y) as its consultant and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) as techno-economic feasibility consultant for Jewar Airport project.

US-based company, Jacobs has been selected as the Program Management Consultant by Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL).

Future Plans for Making Jewar Airport Connectivity Seemless

NAIL along with the Uttar Pradesh State Government have planned for Metro extension from Greater Noida to NIA Airport (Jewar Airport) Terminal. Further, the plan is for integration of an Airport Terminal Station on the 886 km Delhi-Varanasi High-Speed Rail (Bullet Train) project.

In addition, a 44 Km road will be built linking Airport Terminal Station with the under construction Delhi–Mumbai Expressway, for further connectivity. Also, eco-friendly, driverless personal rapid transport (PRT) or pod taxis is being considered for the upcoming Airport.