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Modi inaugurates India’s first carbon-free Jewar airport

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally inaugurated the Noida International Airport (NIA) near Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar. Following this Uttar Pradesh will become India’s only state with five international airports.

According to officials, the new airport, which is around 72 kilometres from the IGI airport in New Delhi, will be India’s largest once it is completed. The first phase of the airport’s development is expected to cost more than Rs 10,050 crore.

This airport is being built just weeks after the prime minister opened the Kushinagar international airport in Uttar Pradesh to strengthen the country’s aviation industry. In Ayodhya, another international airport is now being built.

The airport, which would include more than 1,300 hectares of land, will be Delhi-second NCR’s international airport.

The first phase of the airport is expected to be finished by 2024, with a capacity of 1.2 million passengers per year. Depending on passenger growth and traffic, the airport will expand to service 70 million passengers by the end of phase 4.

Stage 1 will consist of a two-runway airport with a total area of 1,334 hectares for which an agreement has been reached. The third runway will be built on a 1,365-hectare area for which land acquisition is underway. The 4th runway is located on a 1,318-hectare plot of land, with a 5th runway proposed in the second stage.

According to PTI, it would be carried out by international bidder Zurich Airport International AG as concessionaire. Officials claim that the first phase’s foundation has already been laid. It will also be India’s first carbon-free airport. Officials claim that area has been set aside for the development of a forest park utilising trees from the project site.

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