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Uttar Pradesh plans to set up 2 Greenfield Airports in East and Western end of the state

The Uttar Pradesh has expedited its plans to build two greenfield airports in eastern and western ends of the state to improve air connectivity to nearby countries including Nepal. The state government has invited bids to appoint a Consultant for the greenfield Airport at Jewar near Noida in Western part of the state.

It had also released a sum of Rs two hundred crores for setting up a greenfield airport at Kushinagar near Gorakhpur in the east. It will be the nearest airport to Nepal capital Kathmandu.

The government has improved air connectivity between the state capital Lucknow with the pilgrim town of Varanasi.

Talking to newspersons after a meeting to review the Civil Aviation department last week Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the government is focusing both on road and air connectivity to bring about overall development of the state. The state capital Lucknow will be linked all divisional headquarters by air soon.

On November 11, the government invited bids to appoint a consultant to prepare a techno economic feasibility report for setting up a greenfield airport in Jewar. The consultant will be tasked to complete the work in eight months. Land acquistion work for the airport project has already begun. The Yamuna Expressway Authority has been appointed as the nodal agency for this project.

The government has also released the entire budget of nearly Rs 200 crore for making operational the Kushinagar airport by mid-2018, last week. The previous government had sanctioned Rs 80 crore for the project after central government-run engineering consultancy company RITES Ltd submitted an estimate in February 2016.

Soon after the present government assumed office, It had released a sum of rs fifty crores for the airport project. A three kilometer long airstrip and a terminal building is coming up at the airport.

 Kushinagar, where Lord Buddha is believed to have delivered his last sermon, is a big attraction for Buddhist pilgrims and the airport here is expected to attract pilgrims from Singapore, Thailand, South Korea and Japan. At present, the nearest airport is Varanasi.

Air connectivity in the state has improved considerably during the last few months since the present governemnt assumed office.  Spice Jet has launched a direct flight from Jaipur to Varanasi while another from Jaipur to Agra is set to debut on December 15. A direct flight from Varanasi to Colombo has also been launched while the frequency of the weekly flight between Varanasi and the UAE has been made daily.


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