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India opens 'net-zero emission' airport project, second for Delhi

Modi government claims $4.5bn Uttar Pradesh facility will be Asia's largest

Noida International Airport will be India's first zero-emission airport and also the country's largest.   © AFP/Jiji

NEW DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the country's first zero-emission international airport close to the capital, an ambitious 340-billion-rupee ($4.5 billion) project being built and to be operated by Switzerland's Flughafen Zurich.

The first of four phases of the Noida International Airport in the Jewar area of Uttar Pradesh state -- spread over 1,300 hectares of land to be developed at a cost of 100.5 billion rupees -- is scheduled to be completed by 2024. The facility will have a capacity to serve around 12 million passengers annually. When fully completed, the airport will be able to handle over 70 million passengers per year.

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