If you are among those who gush over the IGI Airport, well, brace yourselves for yet another jaw-dropping airport. And its going to be nowhere but in your very own city – Noida. The proposed airport presumably would be the largest airport in the country. With twice the size of IGI Airport and four times the Mumbai’s airport, it is surely going to raise eyebrows. The location as decided by the authorities, for the construction is Jewar in Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh. Jewar Airport it is!
About the project
It hasn’t been easy for the officials to get consent from the farmers for the upcoming project. However, for the land acquisition, 70% of the farmers have agreed so far which makes it a win-win situation for everyone. The villages namely Ramner, Rohi, Parohi, Dayanatpur, Banwaribas and Ranhera acquires approx. 1440 hectares of land and for the overall airport project, the government would acquire around 5000 hectares of land. The project is estimated to cost Rs 15,000 – Rs. 20,000 crore and is expected to be completed by 2023.
Impact on Passenger Traffic
The annual passenger capacity of the IGI Airport is around 62 million. While currently approximately 60 million passengers transit through the airport annually, it is estimated to touch 80-85 million by 2020. As an increase in passengers has pressurised the IGI Airport in terms of space and facilities, Jewar airport will address the overcrowding. Eventually the growth is expected to reach upto 10 crore flyers every year by 2050. The airport would also be able to serve eight domestic and six international destination initially.
The Centre wants to connect the Jewar Airport with Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport through a direct Metro link. The airport will have additional Metro connectivity with the Greater Noida Metro Line. It was in August 2017 when the state government revealed its plans to extend the current Greater Noida Metro Line to the airport site at Jewar. This means the Metro link would be stretched further from Pari Chowk. The possibility of linking the airport with Sarai Kale Khan (a major bus transit station in the national capital) through a dedicated Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) is also being planned besides connecting the airport with the Eastern Peripheral Expressway. The expressway connects Haryana’s Palwal with Kundli, bypassing the NCR.
The direct purchase from the landowners is going to help the farmers significantly. Ever since the airport project has come into pipeline, the rates have touched the sky. For smooth completion of the project, the authorities are going to ensure that nobody is exploited in the land acquisition process. Also places in Uttar Pradesh will not only come closer to the NCR but will also benefit locations in neighbouring states.