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Thrust Given for Developing Airports in Uttar Pradesh, says MoS Civil Aviation

New Delhi. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma has said that a major effort was underway to operationalise numerous airports in the State of Uttar Pradesh.

He was speaking to media in New Delhi July 4. This is an outcome of a Review Meeting that was held earlier and was chaired by Dr Sharma. The meeting was attended by Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey; senior officers of Airports Authority of India; Director, Civil Aviation, Uttar Pradesh Government and District Magistrates of the concerned districts in Uttar Pradesh.

The Minister informed that 400 crore assistance will be provided by the Centre for developing the airports in Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur and Bareilly. This would be done within a period of one and a half months. He said an airport in Kushinagar will also be developed, for which the State Government had provided 200 crore and the work is being executed by RITES and would be complete with a year.

He said a committee had been set up, comprising of two senior officers from the Ministry and two officers from the Uttar Pradesh Government. This committee will study the feasibility of developing no frills airports in Meerut, Faizabad and Moradabad.

Dr Sharma also informed that the case of constructing airport in Jewar had been sent to the Ministry of Defence for their NOC. The Minister informed the media that the push for developing airports in small towns was a natural follow up to the Regional Air Connectivity Scheme that had been announced last week.