Saturday, June 08, 2019

AAI urges Adityanath govt to resolve issues delaying airport projects in UP

Lucknow: The Airports Authority of India (AAI), which is developing several airports in Uttar Pradesh, has urged the Adityanath government to remove roadblocks, which are hampering a smooth takeoff of these projects.

AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra on Friday held a meeting with UP chief secretary Anup Chandra Pandey to review progress and apprise the state government of issues being faced by the authority in the completion of these priority airstrips.

Currently, AAI is developing or upgrading airports in Ayodhya, Agra, Bareilly, Chitrakoot, Jhansi, Kanpur, Kushinagar, Meerut, etc even as the Adityanath government has espoused the central government theme of facilitating cheaper air travel to people.

Pandey has directed officials to resolve roadblocks coming in the way of these projects, so that they meet their deadlines. For example, the Kanpur airport project is still awaiting a no objection certificate (NoC) from the state fire department.

AAI is seeking stamp duty exemption for the proposed Kushinagar airport, which would cater to the world famous Buddhist Tourism Circuit comprising parts of Eastern UP and adjoining places in Bihar and even Nepal. Pending issues at other airports pertain to water and power supply, land acquisition/availability etc, according to a state government press communique.

Meanwhile, the chief secretary has directed officials to resolve land acquisition issues being faced by two major airport projects in Lucknow and Kanpur at the earliest. He also issued directives to officials for arranging the required land for the prospective extension of the Varanasi airport runway by the AAI and to provide a net metering facility to the Authority for its solar power plant in the terminal.
08/06/19 Virendra Singh Rawat/Business Standard
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