Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Noida airport’s terminal building and runway construction to begin in Aug

Noida: The Noida International Airport (NIA) is poised to enter the construction stage next month for its main terminal building and runway, which have to be completed within the next 25 months, with an October 2024 commissioning deadline set for the project. The building and the runway will be built by Tata Project Limited (TPL), which has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for NIA.

A spokesperson for Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), the special purpose vehicle of NIA concessionaire Zurich AG, told TOI on Tuesday the terminal building and runway will be ready by the last quarter of 2024, in time for the scheduled operation of commercial flights. The precise deadline, according to the agreement signed by the state government and Zurich AG, is September 29, 2024. The agreement has a stiff penalty clause of Rs 10 lakh per day if the deadline is missed.

NIA, which will become the second international airport in NCR – giving the Delhi region that unique distinction – is meant to handle 12 million passengers annually. Besides the terminal building and the 3,900-metre-long runway, Tata Projects will also construct airside infrastructure, roads, utilities, landside facilities and other ancillary buildings.

The entire airport project is slated to be built over four phases by the end of 2061. The official added that by the end of the 40-year concession period of Zurich AG, there would be two terminal buildings and an equal number of runways. “The airport master plan is prepared to accommodate the demand throughout the 40-year concession period with two runways. The airport will open with a single runway and a terminal capacity to handle 12 million passengers per year. Up to the end of the concession in 2061, Noida International airport will be developed with two parallel runways and additional terminal capacity to serve 70 million passengers,” said the official.

27/07/22 Aditya Dev/Times of India

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