Jagran Bureau, New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Jewar International Airport in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. With this, the state will be established as the foremost aviation hub of the country within the next three years. By that time, Jewar International Airport will be India’s latest greenfield airport. Apart from this, 16 other airports will be operational in Uttar Pradesh by that time. In a way, it will be the most connected state by air in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Jewar International Airport in Greater Noida on Thursday. The first phase of this airport will be completed in the next 36 months (by November 2024) at a cost of Rs 4,588 crore.

At present, three greenfield airports are being built in the country.

Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal informed that maximum investment is being made in this sector at Jewar Airport. Currently, three greenfield airports are being built in the country, which will be in Goa, Navi Mumbai and Jewar. Goa’s new airport will be operational from next year while work on Navi Mumbai has already started. The pace of development of the aviation sector is such that the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi will not be able to withstand the full pressure of passengers in and around the national capital. In such a situation, Jewar will emerge as an important connectivity center. Jewar is surrounded by very densely populated cities that require massive domestic and international connectivity.

Airports will be ready in Aligarh, Chitrakoot, Azamgarh, Moradabad and Shravasti next year

Bansal said that Uttar Pradesh currently has airports in Lucknow, Agra, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Prayagraj, Hindon, Bareilly, Kushinagar and Varanasi. Airports at Aligarh, Chitrakoot, Azamgarh, Moradabad and Shravasti will be ready in the next year 2022. After this, airports will be ready in Murpur (Sonbhadra) and Ayodhya in the year 2023. Whereas Jewar airport will become operational in the year 2024. The government will get a fee of Rs 400.97 on every passenger flying from this airport. At present, a total investment of Rs 90 thousand crore is being made at the airports of the country. This investment will take place over five years and will increase the number of airports in the country from 136 to around 220.

Asia’s biggest airport will be there: Scindia

Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said that PM Modi will perform Bhumi Pujan of Jewar International Airport tomorrow. This will not only affect the future of Uttar Pradesh but the entire country. An investment of Rs 34,000 crore is being made in this. This will be the largest airport in Asia. He further said that such governments had come in UP which never gave priority to development and progress. For the first time in 2001-02, the seeds of Jewar airport were sown by Rajnath Singh, when he was the CM. After that its files were locked in the room and left to eat dust.

Jewar Airport : At a Glance

Target to complete the first phase by November 2024

The total cost of the first phase will be Rs 4,588 crore.

– Initially there will be a movement capacity of 12 million passengers annually

– Development will be done in four phases, the work of the last phase will be completed in the year 2050

The cost of Rs 29,560 crore will come on the construction of all the four phases.

Edited By: Tanisk