The Govt of Uttar Pradesh and Noida International Airport (NIA) signed a state support agreement today in Lucknow in the presence of Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath; Rajendra Kumar Tiwari, Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh; S.P. Goyal, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh; Arunvir Singh, CEO, NIAL; Christoph Schnellmann, CEO, NIA and Kiran Jain, COO, NIA.
The agreement lays down the Uttar Pradesh Government’s support to establish and continuously improve surface access to the airport, establish and expand utilities required to run the airport (water, electricity, waste water), maintain law and order, including monitoring at the airport and grant the necessary clearances to build and operate the airport.
Singh said, “The state support agreement with Noida International Airport is a step further towards the development of a truly world-class airport in Uttar Pradesh. We are eagerly looking forward to the construction of the airport as it will bring more job opportunities in the state, while heralding economic growth. We are confident that NIA will be the benchmark for a digital, sustainable and state-of-the-art airport not only for the state but for the whole country”.
Schnellmann added : “Noida International Airport is pleased to sign the support agreement with the Government of Uttar Pradesh today. This is a significant milestone for the project and a testament of the strong and growing partnership between NIA and the state government of Uttar Pradesh. Surface access to the airport will be critical and we are delighted to see the government’s strong commitment to this aspect with the early development of the Metro extension from Greater Noida to NIA airport terminal, the integration of an airport terminal station for the upcoming Delhi Varanasi High Speed Rail Link, as well as the link highway to the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway. We are committed to build this world-class airport in Uttar Pradesh and look forward to actively invest and participate in India’s aviation growth story”.
NIA is envisaged to become India’s first net zero emission airport and is also planning to produce and consume renewable energy for the airport and is engaging in active discussions with the UP state government on supporting measures such as VAT/ GST exemptions on procurement of equipment related renewable energy, on cross subsidy charges and wheeling/transmission charges as well as on exemptions on open access charges to make our sustainability investments financially viable.