UP Jewar Airport News: Around 7,000 trees will have to be cut down so the Jewar Airport in Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh can be constructed, as told by the officials of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA).
YEIDA’s CEO (Chief Executive Officer) Dr. Arunvir Singh (IAS) said “We had given an application for the environmental clearance for the construction of Jewar Airport”. Adding the “forest department has given permission to cut 6,800 trees,” and “we will give them money to plant 68,000 trees”.
Singh said that close to “Rs. one crore sixty thousand would be given to the Forest Department. The department will give us a work plan for the trees to be planted”.
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Last month, the tender for construction of the Jewar Airport was awarded to Zurich Airport International AG, it will also operate the Airport for 40 years upon completion. As the Jewar Airport gets completed, it will become India’s largest airport with six runways, and will also be added to the list of World’s largest airports.
Shailendra Bhatia of the project’s Nodal Office said Zurich Airport International AG was awarded with the contract because the company submitted the highest per passenger bid for the airport. The company outbid other competitors like Adani Enterprises Limited, Delhi International Airport Limited, and Anchorage Infrastructure Investments Holdings Limited.
Jewar Airport will be built around 80 kilometres from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and will cover up around 5,000 hectare (50 sq kms) when fully constructed. The estimated cost of building the airport will be over Rs. 29,500 crore said Bhatia. The first phrase of the airport will be open for construction soon and will cover over 1,300 Hectares (13 sq kms), and will cost over Rs. 4,500 crore. It is expected to be in operating condition by the year 2023.