Rapidly-growing Greater Noida, a city located in Gautam Buddh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh, has got another much-needed development of public transport as the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) claimed that the commuters may catch the first flight from the proposed Jewar airport by 2023. The authority claimed to have floated global bidding for the development of the city's first airport.
“Bidding process for Jewar airport is now open and the last date of receiving the e-queries will be July 1. The bids can be submitted by October 30 while the opening of technical and financial bid will take place on November 6 and November 29 respectively,” said Arun Vir Singh, chief executive officer (CEO), YEIDA.
Singh further informed that the nodal body for Jewar airport, Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL) has issued the Global E-Tender for selection of its concessionaire.
Giving out more details about the project, Singh said that the construction work will be completed in four phases starting from 2 runways which will be extended to 6 runways in the upcoming years. In this regard, the authority has appointed Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) to study and prepare the feasibility report for additional four runways.
“The development work in the first phase will cover a total of 1334 hectare land while the airport will have two runways in the initial phase which will be extended to six runways. The airport will cater a capacity of 12 million passengers in the first phase which will gradually increase to 70 million by the fourth phase construction. The total cost of the airport project which is expected to be one of the biggest in the country will be 15754 crores and is likely to be operational by 2023” added Singh.
Besides, YEIDA also launched an official website http://nialjewar.com and twitter handle @nialjewar where all the required information for the airport project can be accessed.
These decisions were taken in YEIDA’s 65th board meeting held on Thursday. Among the other major decisions taken by the authority were the development of the rural sector and metro connectivity to the airport.
“The board has cleared construction of a twin elevated metro corridor for Jewar from Knowledge Park 2 in Greater Noida. For the fiscal year 2019-20, a budget allocation of Rs 3684 crore has been cleared out of which Rs 500 crore has been sanctioned for the metro project to Jewar airport while Rs 425 crore has been allotted for the development of airport project. We have also decided to spend Rs 103 crore on rural development beginning with smart village scheme where Rs 84 crore has been allotted for the development of 10 villages” concluded Singh.