The Uttar Pradesh government and the Ministry of Indian Railways (the Railway Board) have approved a 47.6km rail connection from the upcoming greenfield Noida airport in Jewar to the Delhi-Mumbai Railway line in Palwal, Haryana, and the Delhi-Kolkata railway line in Chola village, Bulandshahr. The goal is to improve connectivity and facilitate growth in the region along the Yamuna Expressway.
During a meeting, Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary DS Mishra approved the project and directed the Northern Railway to prepare a detailed project report for this new 47.6km railway link within six months so that construction can begin on the ground to connect Noida International Airport with both the Eastern and Western Railway corridors.
“The railway link will provide a seamless connection to passengers arriving at and leaving from Noida airport as the railway station will be right inside the airport complex. The passengers will be able to travel on the Eastern and Western lines smoothly once the rail link becomes functional,” said Arun Vir Singh, chief executive officer of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (Yeida), adding that Yeida will assist with the requisite land for this project.
Mishra suggested a 47.6km rail link between Noida airport in Jewar and the Delhi-Mumbai Railway line in Palwal, Haryana, and the Delhi-Kolkata Railway line in Chola village, Bulandshahr in July 2023.
According to the agreement, the Uttar Pradesh government has informed the Swiss company building the Jewar airport that the train link will be operational by the end of 2024. They have also stated their intention to develop a multimodal connection from Jewar airport to cities in the National Capital Region. Palwal railway station in Haryana is 27.6 kilometres from Jewar airport, whereas Chola in Bulandshahr is 20 kilometres.
According to Yeida authorities, the objective of this train link is not just to help airport passengers but also to enhance freight commerce in the area, hence providing job chances.
“In the vicinity of the airport, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (Yeida) is developing various projects such as an electronic city, logistics hub, medical device park, apparel park, handicrafts park, and film city,” Mishra noted in his letter to the Railway Board. This location has the potential to develop into a bustling hub for logistics, storage, and other industrial activity.”
Apart from the train link, Yeida has already planned two expressways to connect Noida Airport in Jewar to Chola railway station in Bulandshahr.
Arun Vir Singh, chief executive officer also added “If the railway link connecting Chola railway station to Palwal Railway link in Haryana via Noida airport at Jewar is established, it will not only generate substantial business opportunities but also create thousands of jobs in this region. Furthermore, passengers travelling through Jewar airport will benefit from multimodal connectivity via road, rail, metro, and pod taxi systems, which we are currently developing.”