Yogi Adityanath approves name, design of Jewar airport

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday approved the design, name and logo of the international airport to be constructed in Noida’s Jewar, according to an official statement.

It will be named Noida International Greenfield Airport while a picture of stork the state bird–will used in its logo, an official said.

It will be designed on the lines of world-famous airports in London, Moscow and Milan, the official added.

According to the statement, Adityanath that the international airport being constructed in Noida’s Jewar will give a boost to exports and increase employment opportunities for people in the state.

“This airport will become the pride of India and will be one of the best in the world. We will present it as a global brand,” the CM said while going through a presentation on the airport at his residence.

Adityanath said the Jewar airport will lead to the development of industrial infrastructure that will increase employment opportunities, encourage manufacturing and exports.

The initial capacity of the airport, proposed to be built in four phases, will be 12 million passengers per year, which will be expanded to 70 million passengers per year by 2050, the statement said.

Initially, it will have two runways, which will be increased to five in due course of time, it said.

There will also be significant growth in the field of tourism, the CM said while pointing out that the aviation sector is the medium of multi-faceted progress in today’s time.

Giving information about the status of the project, Director and Special Secretary (Civil Aviation), Surendra Singh, said the concessionaire for it has presented the master plan to Noida International Airport Limited, which has submitted it to the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Special Secretary Surendra Singh told the chief minister that 1,334 hectares for the airport has been acquired by the Gautam Buddha Nagar administration. Also, 48.097 hectares have been acquired for rehabilitation purposes.

On November 29 last year, Zurich Airport had emerged as the highest bidder to develop the Jewar airport, outbidding competitors like Adani Enterprises, DIAL and Anchorage Infrastructure Investments Holding.

The Swiss developer had said the airport will be able to handle 12 million passengers per year after the first phase of construction.

Zurich Airport International currently holds 100 per cent shareholding in the Noida airport project, which is around 70 km from the main Delhi region.

Zurich Airport International had outbid Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), Adani Enterprises and Anchorage Infrastructure Investments Holdings Limited to win the 40-year concession for the Noida airport on November 29 last year.

The estimated budget of the project is Rs 29,560 crore. In the first phase, the company will build one runaway, apron space, 12 boarding bridges for the terminal, and cargo catering space. The first phase of construction is estimated to cost Rs 4,500 crore. The airport is expected to cater to 12 million passengers per annum after the first phase of construction.

Airport design

The Swiss company has finalised a four-company consortium to design the passenger terminal at the airport. The consortium was picked after a design competition. The winner team includes four companies from Norway, England and India — Nordic, Grimshaw, Haptic and STUP.

Members of this team have designed the Hyderabad airport and the new Istanbul airport. Grimshaw was involved in designing one of the terminals at Zurich airport around 20 years ago.

The parameters given to the design team include simplicity and clarity, context and local culture, operational efficiency, comfort and convenience, short walking distances, and flexibility and modularity.

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