Friday, June 04, 2021

Noida airport needs more land for Phase 1

Noida: The first phase of Noida International Airport will be a little bigger than the original plan. Instead of 1,334 hectares, the airport will now be developed over 1,350 hectares, with the additional 16 hectares to be utilised for building a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre. The additional land is being acquired in Kureb village, directly from farmers, officials said.

A senior official connected with the project told TOI that the land parcel is needed close to the stretch where the runway has been earmarked. “That makes Kureb the ideal location,” he added. Moreover, the village has already been notified under Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority.

In fact, the requirement of the additional land was felt soon after Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), the 100% subsidiary of concessionaire Zurich Airport International, submitted its master plan to Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL), the special purpose vehicle of the UP government established to develop the greenfield airport in Jewar.

According to officials, after superimposing the various components of the master plan on the revenue map, it was found that additional space will be needed for the MRO centre. Though originally 1,334 hectares were acquired in six villages for the airport under the Land Acquisition Act, the land for MRO centre had not been provisioned then.

Zurich Airport International has been awarded the 40-year concession rights to operate the Jewar airport.

04/06/21 Shalabh/Times of India

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