Work on the Jewar greenfield international airport is expected to commence soon as the Allahabad High Court has dismissed petitions filed by eight farmers against land acquisition. The petition was filed seeking cancellation of 1,239 hectares of land acquisition by the Uttar Pradesh government for development of the airport along the 165 km long Yamuna Expressway. Also, the foundation stone which was to be laid in March 2019 was delayed due to protests by the farmers. The airport is expected to be developed at a cost of Rs 157.54 billion and will be implemented on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis. The entire 1,239 hectares of land being acquired from farmers will be utilised for taking up works under Phase I of the project. For the entire project, about 5,000 hectares of land is required. Once work starts, it is expected to be completed by 2022-23.