NEW DELHI: Apart from a huge gathering of locals, thousands of people from Bulandshahr, Ghaziabad, Mathura, Hathras, Aligarh and Agra districts reached Jewar on Thursday on tractors and motorcycles as Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Noida International Airport. The greenfield airport to be built near Delhi in western Uttar Pradesh is believed to be India’s largest upon completion.
A thick sheet of security personnel surrounded the venue and the spectators were searched before they were allowed to enter the ‘public meeting’. The police had banned black flags at the site. The program was attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his cabinet colleagues. Respected Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji will lay the foundation stone of the world’s fourth largest international airport ‘Noida International Airport’ today. This airport will give a new global identity to Uttar Pradesh. With this, Uttar Pradesh will be the only state with five international airports,” Adityanath had earlier tweeted in Hindi.
BJP leader and Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh, who played a key role during talks with farmers on land acquisition, escorted a convoy of hundreds of supporters to the venue. The MLA himself followed them on motorcycles, cars, tractors and buses driving tractors to the venue, where besides police personnel from Central Reserve Police Force, Rapid Action Force and Provincial Armed Constabulary were deployed.
Later, traffic jams were reported on various roads leading out of Jewar, as thousands began their return journey following Modi’s programme. On the way to Noida and Delhi, people were also stuck on Yamuna Expressway, while those going to Agra and onwards got stuck at Jewar toll plaza.
The airport is being developed by Yamuna International Airport Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Zurich International Airport AG, a Swiss concessionaire for the Government of Uttar Pradesh.