Covid-19 fails to hinder Jewar airport's steady progress
According to UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, the pace, transparency, and on-time implementation of this project reflects the state's new work culture
The construction of the Noida International Airport at Jewar in the National Capital Region (NCR) is a top priority project for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's government.
During a review of the progress of the project on the occasion of the signing of the State Support Agreement between Noida International Airport and the government of UP in Lucknow on March 1, Yogi said that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the pace, transparency, and on-time implementation of this project reflected the state's new work culture.
According to a senior official, the agreement defines the state's support for developing and constantly improving surface access to the airport, establishing and expanding airport services like water, power and wastewater management along with maintaining law and order, including airport-monitoring, and issuing the requisite clearances to construct and operate the airport.
Speaking about the agreement, Arun Vir Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL), said, “The state support agreement with Noida International Airport is a step further towards the development of a truly world-class airport in Uttar Pradesh. We are eagerly looking forward to the construction of the airport as it will bring more job opportunities to the state while heralding economic growth. We are confident that NIA will be the benchmark for a digital, sustainable and state-of-the-art airport not only for the state but for the whole country”.
Calling it a significant milestone for the project and a testament to the strong and growing partnership between the NIA and the Uttar Pradesh government, Christoph Schnellmann, Chief Executive Officer, Noida International Airport, said, “Surface access to the airport will be critical and we are delighted to see the government’s strong commitment to this aspect with the early development of the metro extension from Greater Noida to NIA airport terminal, the integration of an airport terminal station for the upcoming Delhi-Varanasi high-speed rail link, as well as the link highway to the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway.”
The NIA is on track to become India's first net-zero-emission airport, and the UP government's positive approach to solar energy in its UP Solar Energy Policy of 2017 is very encouraging. The NIA also plans to generate and consume renewable energy for the airport and is in active negotiations with Uttar Pradesh on supporting steps such as value-added tax (VAT)/ goods and services tax (GST) exemptions on renewable energy equipment procurement, cross-subsidy charges, wheeling/transmission charges, and open access charge exemptions to help finance sustainability investments.
In early October, the NIAL signed the concession agreement with Zurich Airport International (ZAIA) to commence the development of the Noida International Airport at Jewar for a period of 40 years.
The project received security clearance from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in May 2020, and ZAIA had won the contract to build and operate the NIA in Greater Noida in November 2019.
Airport development in Uttar Pradesh has seen a massive push in recent times, and the Jewar airport is the centrepiece of Uttar Pradesh and India's airport development projects.
The airport has been envisaged as India's largest airport and would have five runways when fully complete, bringing it at par with global airports like Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in the US and Shanghai Pudong International Airport in China. The Jewar airport is being built to handle 70 million passengers by 2050 and significantly bring down the load on Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).