Greater Noida has been on an unstoppable role as of late. Establishment of several schools and colleges have forged Greater Noida into a education hub while introduction of certain unique initiatives like F1 race track, knowledge parks, night safari, expomarts, traffic park amongst others, have significantly raised the charm of Greater Noida. But the fast emerging area seems to be hungry for more. Already being hailed as one of India’s most well planned and developed city, Greater Noida is giving extremely tough competition to nearby areas of Delhi, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Bhiwadi. In what could be a further boost for the region, Greater Noida is all set for a new Heliport soon.
Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority’s all important consultant, RITES Ltd, has given a go ahead and provided its nod to the project’s feasibility report. The state of the art Heliport is all set to be constructed near Gautam Budh University on a 22 acre long plot near Safipur, along the Greater Noida-Noida expressway. The project is estimated to cost a whopping 50 crores.
Proposal to build the Heliport was sanctioned after the plan to develop an ultra modern international airport in Jewar was scrapped. Honourary chief minister of UP, Akhilesh Yadav had given a go ahead to the project way back in the year 2013 and the much awaited Heliport was supposed to become operational by the end of last year. But a report changed its destiny when it declared that the Heliport will lead to rise in noise pollution in the region. Thus the location of the same was shifted to Safipur.
Work on the project is expected to kick off from June this year. A lot of technical and physical issues will have to be dealt with and solved before the Heliport could take off. For example, the height required for takeoff is approximately 4 meters and therefore the ground level will have to be increased to tackle the issue. Many other such issues loom large over the project, thus the authorities have their hands full.
In all probability the project is likely to get operational by the year 2017; the heliport will also be used for evacuation and medical emergencies and tourism besides the crucial passenger services. A well detailed project report and other required documents will be submitted to the DGCA authority soon for their approval. There are also plans in motion for construction of a maintenance facility and a helicopter training academy. The probability and possibility of building an 800-metre mini airstrip in the area is also being evaluated technically.
When completely erected and operational for the end user, the much anticipated Heliport of Greater Noida will certainly prove to be a boon for the fast emerging region. The Heliport will reduce the connectivity woes even further and bring Greater Noida closer to the world. So what are you waiting for, explore the magnificent world of Greater Noida and gain the advantage of being an early and quick mover.