Wednesday, February 10, 2021

AAI reviews Jewar airport plan, gives nod

Noida: The Jewar international airport project is fast gaining momentum. The masterplan for the airport has been approved by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), officials have said. A final security clearance from the Bureau of Civil Aviation (BCA) is all that’s required now to start construction at the site.

Officials of Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL), the UP government’s special purpose vehicle for the project, said on the masterplan was sent to AAI to ensure that all technical aspects were being complied with. “We have now received the approval as well as some suggestions from AAI. They have reviewed the project masterplan,” said Arunvir Singh, chief executive officer of NIAL.

The masterplan contains details and layout of the entire space, including runways, terminals, commercial areas, and parking and office spaces, among other things. AAI is the nodal authority in the country for the technical assessment of all such details for any commercial airport.

Zurich International AG subsidiary Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL) is also preparing to start construction in the entire area of 1,334 hectares for the first phase of the airport now acquired by the government. The acquisition process for the rehabilitation of displaced families in Jewar Bangar is also complete.

The district administration is now preparing to start acquisition for the second phase of the airport. While five runways have been approved for the airport by the state government, making it one of the largest airports in Asia, two will be made operational in the first phase.

The second phase will include the third runway and a Maintenance Repair Overhauling (MRO) centre. For this, 1,365 hectares of land will be acquired from seven villages — Karauli Bangar, Kuraiv, Birampur, Dayanatpur, Ranhera, Nangla Shahpur and Mundhera. Officials expect the acquisition process to be smooth as farmers themselves have already started submitting acceptance letters to the Authority.

10/02/21 Snehil Sinha/Times of India

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