New Delhi, Jun 20 (PTI) The civil aviation ministry today said the process of land acquisition for the proposed international airport at Jewar, Uttar Pradesh is expected to be completed in two months. Also Read - No Roadside Pandals, Strict Rules For Ramlila: Durga Puja Set to be Low-key Affair in Uttar Pradesh

“The Uttar Pradesh government has assured that the process of getting land will be completed in two months time and that the bids for PPP (Public Private Partnership) will be invited in October. Also Read - Lucknow Anti-COVID Guidelines For Malls, Complexes: Entry of Only 'Serious Buyers' Allowed, Safety Gear Mandatory | Read Here

“We expect that the award will be given in December, followed by a foundation stone laying ceremony in December,” Civil Aviation Minister R N Choubey told reporters here. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Shocker: Woman Gangraped on Moving Bus in Meerut; Third Such Incident in a Month

The state government would spend Rs 4,000 crore on land acquisition. While the state’s Civil Aviation Department would spend Rs 1,500 crore, the Noida Development Authority would provide a matching amount, officials had said earlier this month.

The Greater Noida Authority and the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) would be extending another Rs 500 crore each.

About 1,441 hectares have been identified for the first phase of the airport project. The airport is expected to start operations in 2022-23, with an initial capacity for 60 lakh passengers.

According to the Technical Economic Feasibility Report (TEFR), the airport project is expected to generate about one lakh employment opportunities.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.