The Uttar Pradesh government has allocated Rs 1,150 crore for the upcoming Noida International Airport at GautamBuddha Nagar in the budget for 2024-25. The announcement was made by UP’s Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna as he tabled the budget for the fiscal year in the state assembly on Monday.
Khanna stated, ‘A provision of Rs 1,150 crore is proposed for the establishment of an international airport and the purchase of land in Jewar of GautamBuddha Nagar district.’
Development is underway for phase one of Noida International Airport, which is scheduled to open for commercial operations by the end of this year.
Earlier in his budget speech, Khanna mentioned that with the inauguration of Maharishi Valmiki International Airport in Ayodhya, four international airports have become operational in the state and South Asia’s largest international airport is going to open soon in Jewar, Noida.
Khanna said, ‘With this, Uttar Pradesh will become the only state in India to have five international airports.’
The minister also noted that continuous efforts are being made to enhance air connectivity in the state. Initiatives are being carried out under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS-UDAN) of the Centre and Civil Aviation Promotion Policy of the state government to achieve this objective.
Khanna mentioned that there has been a 19.2 per cent increase in the number of air travellers in the current financial year compared to the last financial year.
To improve air connectivity, selected airports like Aligarh, Azamgarh, Moradabad, Shravasti, and Chitrakoot have been developed. The development work of airports in Mayorpur (Sonbhadra) and Sarsawa (Saharanpur) is in progress, he added.
Additionally, a proposal of Rs 150 crore has been made for the expansion of Maharishi Valmiki International Airport in Ayodhya.
Separately, Rs 1,100 crore has been proposed for the construction, expansion, and strengthening of airstrips as well as land acquisition, according to the minister.