Monday, November 13, 2017

Uttar Pradesh speeds up work on Kushinagar and Jewar airports

New Delhi: The Yogi Adityanath government has put on fast-track the plan to build international airports at the east and west ends of Uttar Pradesh by inviting bids to appoint a consultant for the greenfield airport at Jewar near Noida in western UP and releasing the entire budget of nearly Rs 200 cr for the Kushinagar airport near Gorakhpur in the east.

This comes days after the government increased the air connectivity to the two existing international airports at Varanasi and Lucknow. The move is part of the government’s strategy to secure all round development of the state.

“We are focussing both on road as well as air connectivity in UP,” CM Yogi Adityanath said at a review meeting of the civil aviation department earlier last week. “We plan to connect Lucknow with every divisional headquarters in UP and other state capitals by air soon. This government is working on development of all regions when it comes to air connectivity and not just one two districts.”

On Saturday, the government invited bids to appoint a consultant who will prepare the techno-economic feasibility report for the greenfield airport in Jewar. The consultant will have to complete the task in 32 weeks. The chief minister has also passed directions to begin the process of land acquisition for the airport at the earliest. The Yamuna Expressway Authority has been appointed as the nodal agency for this project.

The government on Friday also released the entire budget of nearly Rs 200 crore for making operational the Kushinagar airport by mid-2018. The previous Samajwadi Party government, headed by Akhilesh Yadav, had released only Rs 80 crore for the project after central government-run engineering consultancy company RITES Ltd submitted an estimate in February 2016.
13/11/17 Aman Sharma/Economic Times