The construction of the Noida International Airport will be very significant not only for securing connectivity to the people of Northern India including Uttar Pradesh, the nation’s most populated state but also for economic development. With NIA, UP will become the only Indian state to have five international airports. The first phase of the completion of the airport is being done at a cost of over Rs 10,050 crore. Laying its foundation stone on Thursday, November 25, at Jewar in Western UP popularly known as the nation’s sugarcane bowl, PM Modi rightly said the coming up of Asia’s largest airport will become a logistical gateway for the region. It will bring an investment of INR 34,000 crore and the greenfield airport is scheduled to be completed in 2024 with a handling capacity of 1.2 crore passengers annually. By the last phase of development, the Noida International airport (NIA) will surpass Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, claimed Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. NIA will play a major role in not only decongesting IGIA but also in growing the country’s civil aviation sector by becoming the key hub for maintenance, repair and operations and overhaul (MRO) facility being built over 40 acres to give employment to hundreds of people. Presently, India is compelled to spend thousands of crores for MRO. The NIA will benefit the people of Delhi, NCR and the industrial belt of Aligarh, Mathura, Meerut, Agra, Bijnor, Moradabad and Bareilly. Khujra artisans, the Meerut sports industry, Saharanpur furniture business, brass industry of Moradabad, Agra footwear business people and Petha market will also be among the innumerable beneficiaries besides tourists and pilgrims. Being connected by a multimodal transport network including the metro, the NIA will undoubtedly promote trade and commerce of Northern India. London has six, New York and Washington each has three airports. Delhi badly needs the much-awaited second airport for hassle-free traveling of domestic and international flyers. Hence, it must be ensured that the project is located on the land given by Kisans is completed as scheduled. Edited by PK Chakravarty.
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