The Union government is going all out to operationalise airports in India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh, with the move being politically significant since state Assembly elections there are just about a year away.
The Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region) may also get a second airport apart from the IGI airport in the capital, with minister of state for civil aviation Mahesh Sharma saying “the case of constructing an airport in Jewar (near Greater Noida in UP near Delhi) had been sent to the ministry of defence for their NOC (no-objection certificate)”.
He also said a “major effort was underway to operationalise numerous airports in Uttar Pradesh” and that the decision was the outcome of a review meeting that was held earlier in the day that he had chaired.
The meeting was attended by Union civil aviation secretary R.N. Choubey, senior officers of the state-run Airports Authority of India, the director, Civil Aviation of the Uttar Pradesh government and district magistrates of the concerned districts in Uttar Pradesh.
Mr Sharma informed that “Rs 400 crore assistance will be provided by the Centre for developing the airports in Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur and Bareilly” and “this would be done within a period of one-and-a-half months”. Jersey