Noida to get international airport, PM Modi lays foundation stone

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Noida International Airport, Uttar Pradesh today. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, Union Ministers Jyotiraditya Scindia, Gen V K Singh, Sanjiv Baliyan, SP Singh Baghel and B L Varma were among those present on the occasion. 

The Noida airport will be the Delhi-NCR’s second international airport and is expected to be ready by September 2024.  

The airport is being developed in public-private partnership (PPP) mode by the UP government with Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of Zurich International Airport AG, the Swiss concessionaire. 

As per YIAPL, one runway will be operational in the first phase with a capacity to handle 12 million passengers annually. 

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said the new India of the 21st century is building one of the best modern infrastructures today. “Better roads, better rail network, better airports are not just infrastructure projects but they transform the entire region, transforming people’s lives completely,” he said. 

The Prime Minister said Noida International Airport will become the logistics gateway of northern India. This airport will make the entire region a powerful symbol of the National Gatishakti Masterplan, he added. 

Commenting on the economic fallout of infrastructure development, the Prime Minister said employment opportunities are created during airport construction. The airport also requires thousands of people to run smoothly. Therefore “this airport will also give new employment to thousands of people of western UP.” 

Modi remarked that after 7 decades of independence, for the first time, Uttar Pradesh has started getting what it has always deserved. With the efforts of the double engine government, today Uttar Pradesh is turning into the most connected region of the country. He said, Noida International Airport will play a major role in the growing aviation sector of India and will be a key center of maintenance, repair and operations of aircrafts. He informed that the maintenance, repair and overhaul MRO facility is coming up in 40 acres, giving employment to hundreds of young people. Today India spends thousands of crore rupees for getting these services abroad. 

Commenting on the integrated multi-modal cargo hub that is coming up, he said that in a land-locked state like Uttar Pradesh airport will be very useful. This hub will serve industrial centers like Aligarh, Mathura, Meerut, Agra, Bijnor, Moradabad and Bareilly. He said Khurja artisans, Meerut Sports Industry, Saharanpur furniture, brass industry of Moradabad, Agra footwear and Petha industry will get huge support from the upcoming infrastructure. 

The Prime Minister said “infrastructure is not part of politics for us but part of national policy (Rashtra Niti). We are making sure that the projects do not get stuck, do not hang in limbo or do not go astray. We try to ensure that the infrastructure work is completed within the stipulated time.” 

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