Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the grand inauguration of the Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh. Ahead of the bhoomi pujan event, the Noida Traffic Police issued an advisory detailing traffic diversions and alternative routes. Earlier this morning, a 6-km-long traffic jam was reported on the road leading to Jewar.

The Noida International Airport (NIA) will be the second international airport to come up in the national capital region, after Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Notably, the first phase of the airport is spread over more than 1300 hectares of land and is scheduled to be begin flight operations by 2024. Once completed, the airport is also deemed to be the largest airport in Asia.

Highlights of the event:

  • PM Modi ends his speech by sounding cheers of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.
  • "Infrastructure is not politics for us but part of the national policy. We are ensuring projects don't get stuck and are completed on time, Modi says at Jewar.
  • “There are many such lands that were taken away from farmers in the past but they were not utilised. But we did not go that way, infrastructure for us is a national policy. We are trying our best to conclude all our infrastructural projects. Quality infrastructure is being ensured. UDAN scheme is helping Indians travel by air,” the prime minister says.
  • “In Uttar Pradesh, where previous governments maintained in deprivation and darkness, where they always showed false dreams; the same Uttar Pradesh is now leaving its mark not only nationally but also internationally,” says PM Modi addressing a roaring crowd at Jewar.
  • “After 7 decades of independence, for the first time, Uttar Pradesh has started getting what it has always deserved. With the efforts of the ‘double engine sarkar’, today, Uttar Pradesh is turning into the most connected region of the country,” says PM Modi.
  • Modi adds that the airport “will be able to help farmers as it will fasten the process of exportation. All goods will reach foreign markets faster with the help of this airport".
  • “Thousands of employment opportunities are created during airport construction. The airport also requires thousands of people to run smoothly. This airport will also give new employment to thousands of people of western UP,” the prime minister says.
  • “Noida International Airport will have direct connectivity to dedicated freight corridor. The airport will be a logistical gateway,” says PM Modi.
  • “This project will change people's lives. The Jewar airport will benefit the people of Noida and western UP,” says PM Modi at the ground-breaking ceremony.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates people of Uttar Pradesh for the Jewar airport.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays foundation stone at Noida International Airport at Jewar.
  • “The country has to decide whether the sweetness of sugarcane will grow in Uttar Pradesh or Muhammad Ali Jinnah's followers cause mischief,” chief minister Yogi Adityanath said.
  • “Under PM Modi's guidance, Uttar Pradesh is reaching new heights,” says CM Yogi Adityanath at Jewar. “I thank all 7,000 farmers who cooperated and made Jewar airport possible,” he adds.
  • Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath takes the stage.
  • “Uttar Pradesh that had only four airports so far now has nine and this will be the 10th one. In the coming years, a total of 17 airports will come up in the state. There will be five international airports in Uttar Pradesh in place of two,” Scindia said at the event.
  • Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia speaks at the ground-breaking ceremony of Noida airport.
  • PM Modi, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, among others present at the ground-breaking ceremony of Noida airport.
  • Performers from Ayodhya and Mathura to present a dance at the inauguration event of the Noida airport.
  • PM modi arrives at Jewar for the ground-breaking ceremony.
  • The Jewar airport will be connected by Yamuna Expressway as well as Noida Metro. The proposed 800-km-long high-speed rail line between Delhi and Varanasi is also expected to have a stop at the new airport.
  • “The design of the airport focuses on the convenience of passengers. The processes at the airport will be digitally enabled. We're working towards being a net-zero carbon emission airport & aim to get operational by Sept/Oct 2024,” Kiran Jain, COO, Noida International Airport told news agency ANI.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive at Jewar shortly for the bhoomi pujan or ground-breaking ceremony of the Noida International Airport.

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