The Uttar Pradesh government will purchase 7.9 hectares of land from the villagers to construct a boundary wall circling the upcoming Noida International Airport. Jewar district’s sub-divisional magistrate is in charge of buying the land for the purpose by March 31, 2022. The state government intends to pay twice the amount of circle rate for the land. The land will be 56 scattered plots instead of a whole land.
According to Arun Vir Singh, the Chief Executive Officer of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), a portion of the boundary wall is already constructed. The additional purchase is to complete the remaining part. A monitoring committee, comprising officials from the irrigation department, sewage treatment plant, power corporation, district magistrate, a general manager and an officer, are monitoring the day-to-day progress of the work.
Barricades are raised around the entry and exit points of the airport.
The government already purchased 1400 hectares of land from the villagers for Noida airport during phase one development. Noida airport will be constructed in four phases and will be the biggest in the country once completed. The airport will have five to six runways spread across 5000 hectares.
YEIDA Approves Noida Pod Taxi Project
Meanwhile, YEIDA has approved the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Noida Pod Taxi Project, which is proposed to connect Greater Noida to Jewar airport. The project, estimated at Rs 810 crore, was prepared and submitted by Indian Port Rail and Ropeway Corporation Limited.
Noida Pod Taxi will be a driverless pod taxi with 12 stations between Noida International Airport and Film City in Noida Sector 12. The taxi service will charge Rs 8/km for the rides. The pod taxi will run at a frequency of 20 seconds. Hi-tech pod taxis are popular in western countries, and they are cost-effective and convenient for passengers. As they are battery-operated, carbon emissions are less, making it a green initiative. One taxi can accommodate up to six passengers, making it a more viable option than transportations like buses, which will run with empty seats when there are fewer passengers. Moreover, the accident rates of pod taxis are said to be zero.