Construction work on the Noida international airport project began on Monday in the Jewar area of ​​Gautam Budh Nagar.

The airport is to be expanded to 1,334 hectares over the next four years as part of phase 1 of the project.

The special purpose vehicle Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL) created for the development of the airport confirmed the development.

“We started with the preparatory work on the construction site of the airport with the approval of all responsible authorities. We are also grateful to the UP government for their full support to speed up work on the airport premises, ”said a statement from YIAPL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Zurich Airport International, the Swiss company that owns the rights to development of the project last year.

According to official figures, the first phase of the airport will have a capacity of 12 million passengers per year.

On Monday, the company began paving the field that was once agricultural land, said Arun Vir Singh, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Noida International Airport Limited (Nial), the Uttar Pradesh government’s node agency Implement mega project.

“We allowed the company to erect a boundary wall at the site. Gradually, the construction of a construction office and an air traffic control building will also begin, ”said Singh. Nial has the Uttar Pradesh government, the Noida Authority, the Greater Noida Authority and the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (Yeida) on its board of directors.

Singh said Phase 1 of the project should be completed in 36 months. “Phase 1 comprises 1,334 hectares of land and will begin operations with one runway. More runways will be added later. In each phase, the airport will expand to 70 million passengers by the end of phase 4, subject to passenger growth and traffic, ”he added.

In phase 1 there will be two runways. By the end of phase 4, the airport should have five runways and over 5,000 hectares.

Singh said YIAPL secured it 3,725 crore loan from the State Bank of India (SBI) earlier this month. “This amount has now been paid to the company to build the airport,” he said.

A formal groundbreaking ceremony will take place on the airport premises shortly, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath.

“All preparations for the ceremony have been completed and it will take place as soon as we receive final confirmation from the Prime Minister’s Office of the date,” said Dhirendra Singh, Jewar MLA.

Gautam Budh Nagar’s district magistrate, Suhas LY, said the start of construction on the airport was a matter of pride for the district.

“This was only possible thanks to the support of almost 9,000 farmers and residents who made their land available for the mega-project. In fact, her rehabilitation was probably the greatest in the country. In general, land becomes a big point of contention in such large projects, but people have supported us, ”said Suhas.

Officials said the land for the first phase was acquired from the villages of Ranhera, Rohi, Parohi, Kishorpur, Dayanatpur and Banwaribas in the Jewar subdivision of GB Nagar.

When completed, the airport is slated to be the largest in India and will be the third in the National Capital Region, after Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) and Hindon Airport in Ghaziabad.