After a direction from the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (UP) Yogi Adityanath, Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL) is likely to submit a proposal to expand the Noida International Greenfield Project at Jewar from six runways to eight. Once approved, Jewar airport will become the biggest in the world. It will be double the size of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport that is likely to reach a saturation point by 2024.
The UP Government has already notified about acquiring the land for the project along Yamuna Expressway. The area of 1239.94 hectares will be obtained from 3000 farmers in phase I. To develop the airport to its full capacity, the government has to acquire 5000 hectares for the project. The lands are acquired under Section 11 of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.
With passenger traffic expected to become double the rate in the next six-seven years, it becomes a necessity to plan for the next 30-40 years since acquiring land for infrastructural projects will be tough at a later stage.
The estimated budget for the Jewar airport project is between INR 15,000 crore and INR 20,000 crore. The project is expected to be operational by 2022-2023.
Jewar airport will start operations by 2022-23 with two runways. We have already issued tenders to hire a developer, who will develop the two-runway airport project. After the state government’s green signal, we have directed our consultant PwC to prepare a techno-economic feasibility report (TEFR) of the additional two runways. The PwC has started working on the ground for collecting land details and finishing other formalities related to seeking environment clearances, Arun Vir Singh chief executive officer of the YEIDA said to the Hindustan Times.
The government expects the Jewar airport to be operational in the next five to six years and cater to 30-50 million passengers per year over the next 10-15 years.