Thursday, June 03, 2021

After initial ‘confusion’, Uttarakhand govt gives nod to identify land for new airport

Dehradun: While the Uttarakhand government and tourism minister Satpal Maharaj initially had contrary views regarding the proposal to search land for a new airport, the state government said on Wednesday that it would consider the proposal if brought before the cabinet.

Maharaj met chief minister Tirath Singh Rawat on Wednesday and after a discussion, said that the government has decided to identify land for the project.“Earlier, I had a meeting with union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri and we had a detailed discussion about having an international airport in Uttarakhand. There are some technical issues at Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun and both its terminals may not be able to handle the international rush,” Maharaj told TOI. He added that having an airport in Haridwar was important as crores of devotees, from India and abroad, visit the holy town each year. “Therefore, I have directed DM Haridwar to search for land on which we can build an international airport. Once the project is approved by the Centre and the state, we will be able to complete it by 2030,” he added.

03/06/21 Kautiya Singh/Times of India

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