Thousands flock to Jewar for Noida Airport's foundation laying event
Thousands of people, including women and children, on Thursday gathered at Jewar amid heavy security to watch Prime Minister Narendra Modi lay the foundation stone for the Noida International Airport.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his cabinet colleagues, including the states Civil Aviation Minister Nand Gopal Gupta, attended the event.
Thousands of people, including women and children, on Thursday gathered at Jewar amid heavy security to watch Prime Minister Narendra Modi lay the foundation stone for the Noida International Airport.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his cabinet colleagues, including the state's Civil Aviation Minister Nand Gopal Gupta, attended the event. The Greenfield airport, which will be built near Delhi in western Uttar Pradesh, is billed to be India's largest upon completion.
Heavy security was deployed at and around the event venue. Visitors were being frisked before entering the 'jan sabha' area, officials said, adding that the police had banned black flags at the site.
''The foundation stone of the world's fourth largest international airport, 'Noida International Airport' will be laid by respected Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji today. This airport will give Uttar Pradesh a new global identity. With this, Uttar Pradesh will be the only state to house five international airports,'' Adityanath had tweeted in Hindi earlier in the day. Besides locals, thousands of people from Bulandshahr, Ghaziabad, Mathura, Hathras, Aligarh and Agra reached Jewar on tractors and motorcycles.
Prior to the main event as the people waited for the prime minister to arrive at the venue in the afternoon, many young men tried to climb up the poles fixed at the 'jan sabha' hall for hanging loud speakers.
BJP leader and Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh, who is credited to have played a key role during negotiations with farmers over land acquisition, led a convoy of hundreds of supporters to the venue.
The MLA himself drove a tractor as a number of people on motorcycles, cars, tractors and buses followed him to the event site, where personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force, Rapid Action Force and Provincial Armed Constabulary, besides the police were deployed. ''Police Commissioner Alok Singh on Wednesday held a meeting to review the security preparations for the programme. All police officials were briefed and directed not to allow any visitor carrying firearms, liquor, or black flags, etc to the venue,'' a police spokesperson said.
''Security personnel deployed at entry points have been directed to not allow any person without frisking. All officials were told to reach for duty four hours prior to the event and stay till 6 pm,'' the spokesperson said.
Later, traffic snarls were reported on various road stretches leading out of Jewar as thousands of people started their return journey after Modi's event.
People got stuck even on the Yamuna Expressway while on their way to Noida and Delhi, even as those travelling to Agra and further got stuck at the Jewar toll plaza. ''There was some congestion in traffic movement after the event in Jewar but it got cleared by 6.30 pm,'' a Traffic Police official told PTI.
The first phase of the project is spread over 1,300 hectares and would cost more than Rs 10,000 crore, the officials said, adding that it is expected to be ready by October 2024.
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