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Thursday, July 25, 2024

YEIDA Set to Expand Noida International Airport with 1,200 Hectares of Additional Land

The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) is preparing to initiate the land acquisition process for an extra 1,200 hectares of land to expand the forthcoming Noida International Airport by the end of this year. This additional land will be obtained from six villages situated near the Aligarh district border.

Earlier in the month, the Uttar Pradesh government granted approval for the airport’s further expansion, as well as the aviation hub. With the inclusion of this 1,200-hectare parcel, the airport’s boundaries will stretch to the edges of the proposed logistics park in Aligarh district.

According to a senior YEIDA official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the 1,200 hectares will be acquired from six villages: Mangaroli, Bhabokra, Deorar, Sadullapur, Ahmadpur Choroli, and Alabalpur. These villages are positioned between the Jewar airport area and the proposed logistics park.

The expansion of the aviation hub will specifically target attracting international companies engaged in the manufacturing of airplane spare parts. This land will serve as a strategic location for the establishment of aviation-related manufacturing firms near the upcoming airport, aligning with future needs.

The land acquisition process is expected to commence in approximately two months. The adjustments related to the airport and aviation hub’s expansion will be integrated into the Master Plan 2041 before being submitted to the state government for final approval.

Expanding Airport’s Total Area to 7,754 Hectares

The forthcoming airport, originally planned to cover 6,554 hectares, will see an increase to 7,754 hectares after the addition of the 1,200-hectare extension. Out of the initial 6,554 hectares, approximately 4,752 hectares are being acquired in four phases.

In the first phase, 1,365 hectares of land were acquired, while the second phase involved the acquisition of 1,364 hectares designated for an MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Operations) facility.

The land acquisition process for the third and fourth phases is already in progress, with the state government having issued notifications for a social impact assessment (SIA) conducted by Gautam Buddha University. These phases encompass 1,318 hectares and 735 hectares, primarily intended for constructing three runways for the airport, along with other essential facilities. The remaining 1,800 hectares are government-owned land.

The airport is anticipated to commence operations in September 2024 and is strategically located near the Yamuna Expressway, facilitating convenient tourist travel to Agra, Mathura, and Vrindavan.

On October 13, 2023, S P Goyal, additional chief secretary to the UP Chief Minister, along with the additional chief secretary of Civil Aviation in UP, inspected the airport site and reviewed the progress of construction and land acquisition processes. The runway and the air traffic control (ATC) tower are expected to be operational by March 2024.

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