Thursday, May 27, 2021

Jewar airport construction work deferred due to Covid, MLA says primary focus on bringing Covid cases down

Jewar (Greater Noida): The construction work for the Jewar international airport in Uttar Pradesh's Greater Noida has been delayed due to the second wave of Covid-19 and the restrictions in the state to tackle it. The bhoomi pujan or foundation stone laying ceremony for the upcoming airport at Jewar has been deferred and will be held as soon as the lockdown is relaxed, sources said on Thursday.

The Uttar Pradesh government is mulling to start the construction of Jewar airport before the upcoming state assembly election scheduled early next year.

Although monetary compensation against their acquired land has been provided to the villagers, many continue to live in their homes and carry out farming activities on their fields.

Taling to India Today, Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh said, “Due to the pandemic, the process is halted. The primary focus of the government is bringing down the cases and vaccinate everyone in the state. As soon as we are able to control the pandemic, the construction of Noida international airport will begin. It is still the top priority of CM Yogi Adityanath."

“Currently we are working on the upliftment of the primary health centres (PHCs) and the sub-primary health centres (SPHCs) at the villages as the pandemic has reached the hinterland. We have roped in many private hospitals for a while to run these centres at the villages as part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and get the villages Covid-free,” said Singh.

27/05/21 Abhishek Anand/India Today

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