New bylaws will be written for aviation hub near Noida airport
NOIDA: The Noida International Airport will necessitate an extra chapter on buildings bylaws for the development of the area around it, with specific rules on permissible height, design and ground coverage.
The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), the administrator of the region, will frame a new set of bylaws for the aviation hub, which is being developed over a span of 6,200 hectares. The airport, whose first phase is coming up on about a fifth of this area, is expected to be commissioned in October 2024.
The bylaws will only address commercial establishments because there is no residential scheme within the aviation hub.
YEIDA CEO Arun Vir Singh said, “While construction of the airport moves forward, several commercial projects, other than warehouses, hotels and logistics parks, have been planned in the aviation hub surrounding the airport. So, it is necessary to have bylaws to regulate coverage, height, floor-area ratio (FAR), architectural design and construction aspects. We will issue NOCs based on these bylaws.”
Singh said bylaws of aviation hubs of airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad were being studied to understand the best practices. “Hyderbad’s bylaws are the more recent and progressive. We have learnt that it has formed a committee to approve projects and reduce pendency. As there is a height restriction around the runway, highrise buildings cannot come up here. To compensate for this, more ground coverage may be allowed. Likewise, parking spaces will be more spacious here as compared to other areas,” the CEO added.
Singh met Christoph Schnellmann, CEO of Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), the special purpose vehicle of concessionaire Zurich AG, and other senior officials on Tuesday for a discussion on the bylaws.
Earlier, the aviation hub was proposed to be built on 5,000 hectares, but due to demand for more industrial land and setting up MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) facilities, logistics hubs and hotels, YEIDA, in its master plan 2041, added another 1,200 hectares by merging three proposed industrial sectors with the hub.
While the MRO, on 40 acres, will become operational by 2024 along with the launch of commercial flights from the airport, the bigger MRO on 1,365 acres will only be built in the airport’s second phase of expansion. The Bird Group’s flagship Roseate Hotels and Resorts has, meanwhile, won the bidding to develop an airport hotel.