Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Tale of two airports: did Modi govt unfairly pick UP's Jewar over Haryana's Meham?

Is the proposed international airport at Jewar in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, set to come up at the cost Meham in Rohtak, Haryana?
The Congress party certainly alleges so, saying the Narendra Modi government is playing favourites with UP, to the detriment of Haryana's development.
The last 10 years saw the Mayawati's BSP regime in UP (2007-12) as well as the Bhupinder Singh Hooda regime in Haryana (2004-14) vying to bag the second proposed international airport in the National Capital Region (NCR), which is to come up at par with the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in New Delhi.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has now assumed power in both states as well as at the Centre, and has chosen in favour of Jewar, leading the Congress to cry foul.

According to a civil aviation expert, who did not wish to be named, the UP administration under Mayawati had come up with a 'very well made' presentation before the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation a few months after Mayawati had assumed office in 2007. The UPA-led Central government had, at that time, also a showed keen interest in the proposal.
05/06/17 Rajeev Khanna/Catch News