First flight from Noida airport likely in December 2023 or January 2024, says a senior executive
Work at the upcoming Noida International Airport is progressing as scheduled with the first flight expected to take off in December 2023 or January 2024, a senior government executive said on Sunday.
In addition, the resettlement and rehabilitation of more than 3,000 families who are displaced due to the greenfield mega project is likely to be completed in May 2021, said Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL) CEO Arun Vir Singh.
Uttar Pradesh Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath approved the name, design and logo of the airport being built in the Jewar area along the Yamuna Highway in the Gautam Buddh Nagar district on December 18.
Swiss-based private company Zurich Airport International AG will develop the airport, while NIAL, a nodal agency run by the UP government, will oversee development of the project.
“The airport concession contract was signed on October 7 and the project master plan was due to be presented within the next 60 days. The master plan was presented on December 4 to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for its comments. Once the ministry returns it, the NIAL Board will take it for approval, after which construction and development work will begin, ”Singh said.
“The project, so far, is proceeding on schedule and the first flight from the airport is expected to take off in 2023. It would be December 2023 or January 2024,” Singh told PTI in an interview.
Singh, also director general of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), said the flight operation must begin within three years after the concession agreement was signed.
More than 1,300 hectares of land from six villages of Rohi, Parohi, Kishorepur, Dayanatpu, Ranhera and Banwari Bans in Jewar tehsil have been acquired by the state government under the right to fair compensation and transparency in land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement (RFCTLARR) Law of 2013 for the first phase of airport development.
Noida International Airport will have two runways and a capacity to serve 12 million passengers per year in the first phase. Eventually, it will have five runways and a passenger capacity of 70 million a year when completed at an estimated cost of Rs 29,560 crore in total, according to officials.
On the resettlement and rehabilitation of the affected people, Singh said that all tenders related to the exercise have already been awarded and work is underway. This work will be completed in six months and all displaced families will be rehabilitated and relocated to Jewar Bangar, he added.
“There are 3,076 families that will be relocated. First, the families whose lands have been taken for the first track will be resettled and then those whose lands have been acquired for the second track, ”he said.
“In total, the resettlement and rehabilitation of these families from the six villages will cost the government around 350 million rupees,” he said.