The Uttar Pradesh Government in a recently held cabinet meeting has given its nod for the transfer of state-owned land to the Civil Aviation Department for the construction of the project. The cabinet meeting was chaired by UP CM Yogi Adityanath in which he ordered the officials to handover Gram Sabha and government land (59.79 hectares and 21.36 hectares respectively) to the concerned department.
Giving more information on the above, UP government spokesman Sidharth Nath Singh said, “To smoothen up the development of the Greenfield International Airport project, the government has decided to transfer 59.79-hectare Gramsabha land and 21.36-hectare government land to the Civil Aviation Department free of cost.”
For the first phase of development, a total of 1235 hectare of land is needed to be acquired. Till date, the Gautam Buddha Nagar Administration has acquired 707 hectares of land from 6 villages. The administration is expecting to transfer 80% of the land from these villages to the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) by September 15.
Once the land acquisition will be completed, the NIAL, main authority looking after the development work is expecting to start the construction work by early 2020.
The NIAL has already floated a global tender on May 30, 2019, to invite national and international companies for the development of the airport. Many leading companies like GMR Infra, Adani Group, Reliance Infra, Zurich Airport International and Hong Kong ADP have shown their interest for the same. The winner of the bid will be announced on November 29. Once operational, it will be the biggest airport in the country with 6-8 runways.