Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation of the Noida international airport near Jewar in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Budh Nagar district. Spread over more than 1,300 hectares of land, the airport is touted to be India’s largest upon its completion. What makes it even more attractive is its upcoming world class amenities that will cover the entire airport and will surely allow international companies to start services as early as possible.
Noida International Airport Will Be Class Apart
Addressing the ground-breaking ceremony of the airport, PM Modi said, “The new India of the 21st century today is building one of the best modern infrastructure. Better roads, better rail network, better airports are not just infrastructure projects but they transform the entire region, transforming people’s lives completely.”
The Prime Minister stressed the Noida international airport would be the logistics gateway of northern India, adding this will make the entire region a “powerful reflection of the National Gatishakti Masterplan.” Along with Modi, who arrived earlier in the day to attend the event in Jewar, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia were also present at the ground-breaking ceremony.
Why Is This Airport So Much Significant?
The airport will be spread over 1,300 hectare, serve around 1.2 crore passengers, and will also be India’s first ‘net-zero emissions’ airport. It will be the second international airport in Delhi-NCR. The government said that the airport, which will be about 72 km from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and about 40 km from Noida, will be the “logistics gateway of northern India” and will “establish UP on the global logistics map.”
Further, the airport will also have a dedicated cargo terminal with a capacity of 20 lakh metric tonnes, which will be further expanded to 80 lakh metric tonnes. The airport in Jewar is expected to become functional in 2024 and will make Uttar Pradesh the only state to have five international airports.
Source : The freepress Journal