NOIDA- Uttar Pradesh government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has issued a notification to conduct a ‘social impact assessment’ (SIA) for acquiring an additional 2,053 hectares of land; this expansion is intended for the third phase of the upcoming Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar.
The expansion of Noida International Airport in Jewar will involve acquiring a total of 1,888 hectares of land from 14 villages in the Jewar tehsil of Gautam Buddh Nagar.
Gautam Buddh University is tasked with conducting the social impact assessment, which is projected to conclude by August 30, as stated by Arun Vir Singh, the CEO of Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL), as reported by PTI.
Yogi Govt Announcement on Noida Airport
The recent notification issued by the authorities pertains to the acquisition of 2,053 hectares of land for the third phase expansion of the airport. The land for the first and second phases has already been acquired, covering 1,365 hectares and 1,334 hectares, respectively.
As per the development plan, the third phase will include the construction of three additional runways alongside the existing ones.
Under the provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement (Uttar Pradesh) Rules, 2016, the consent of landowners will be sought before acquiring the land for the third phase.
The villages impacted by the acquisition include Thora, Neemka Shahjahanpur, Khwajapur, Ramner, Kishorpur, Banwaribans, Parohi, Mukimpur Shiwara, Jewar Bangar, Sabauta Mustafabad, Ahmadpur Chauroli, Dayanatpur, Bankapur, and Rohi. These villages account for a total of 1,888.90 hectares out of the 2,053 hectares to be acquired.
With the Lok Sabha elections tentatively scheduled between April and June 2024, the development of a world-class airport in a state that contributes 80 Members of Parliament could be a significant project to showcase during the election campaign.
The construction work for the first phase of the airport is currently underway and is expected to be completed for commercial operations by September 2024.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds power in Uttar Pradesh, led by Chief Minister Yogi at the Centre.
NIA Project Overview
- The Noida International Airport (NIA) is being developed in four phases and is set to become the largest airport in India upon completion.
- Once fully developed, which is estimated to be in the mid-2040s, the airport will cover an area of approximately 5,000 hectares, featuring multiple runways, two terminal buildings, and an annual passenger capacity of 1.2 crores.
- The airport will also include facilities for cargo services and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services.
- It will serve as the third airport for commercial operations in the national capital region, alongside Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) and Ghaziabad’s Hindon air base.
The expansion of Noida International Airport signifies a significant step forward in enhancing air connectivity and infrastructure in the region. With the completion of each phase, the airport is poised to meet the growing demands of travelers and contribute to the area’s economic development.
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