Work on Noida International Airport’s runway, terminal building and ATC to begin in May

The work on the Noida International Airport’s terminal building, first runway, and the air traffic control (ATC) tower will begin next month and is scheduled to be completed by September 2024, officials said on Thursday, April 7.

The development plan of the Greenfield airport was approved by the board of the Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL) on Wednesday, April 6 during its 13th meeting in Lucknow and the project’s first phase would cost INR 5,730 crore, the officials said.

Uttar Pradesh government’s chief secretary and chairman of the NIAL Board Durga Shankar Mishra chaired the meeting during which he reviewed the progress of the project.

Work on Noida International Airport’s runway, terminal building and ATC to begin in May

The project is being developed by the Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), a 100% subsidiary of Swiss firm Zurich International Airport AG.

In the meeting, NIAL CEO Arun Vir Singh informed Mishra that the development plan was examined by an independent engineer firm – Engineer India Limited – and approved by the board, according to an official statement.

Shailendra Bhatia, the airport’s nodal officer, who also attended the meeting, said the master plan of the airport was passed on August 17, 2021, and the first phase of development is based on the master plan.

“All approvals for whatever sanctions required, including those regarding financial closures, have been granted by the Board and now no obstacle remains in development work, which is to be done by the concessionaire.

The concessionaire has to hire the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractor and complete the construction work for the first phase by September 2024. In the first phase, the airport will have one runway and a capacity of handling 12 million passengers annually. The development cost for the first phase is INR 5,730 crore.

The focus will be on developing a green building. Energy and water conservation factors are priorities along with digital technology. The airport will be paperless.”

Shailendra Bhatia, Nodal Officer, Noida International Airport

Asked which company could be selected for EPC, the officer said the mandate for it lay with the concessionaire as the airport is being built on a public-private partnership (PPP) model. The UP government’s mandate includes granting land for the project, which is coming up on the DBOT (design-build-operate-transfer) model by the private partner

He said the work for the air traffic control (ATC) tower, the terminal, and the runway will “definitely begin next month” and currently ground levelling work and construction of the boundary wall of the airport are underway.

The first phase of the Noida International Airport will be spread over 1,300 hectares

The Noida International Airport coming up in Jewar in western UP’s Gautam Buddh Nagar district is billed to be India’s largest airport upon completion. It will be spread over an area of 5,000 hectares. The first phase will be spread over 1,300 hectares, according to officials.

Currently, three companies are in the fray for the construction of the runway and terminal building — Tata, L&T and Shapoorji Pallonji. Two companies will likely be selected on April 28. The 4km-long and 45-metre-wide runway will be equipped with CAT I, II and III instrument landing systems, which allow aircraft to land in low visibility conditions and during the night.

So far, over 50% of the 17km boundary wall of the airport has been constructed while the site is being cleared so that runway work can begin. The work is expected to be completed in the next couple of weeks.