The Uttar Pradesh cabinet gave a go ahead to a number of proposals to
expedite the Noida Greenfield International Airport project (Jewar airport) and
the Defence Corridor project in the state. The meeting was presided over by
chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
Briefing media persons about the cabinet
decisions, UP energy minister Shrikant Sharma said the state cabinet had
approved allocation of state’s share of Rs 1,500 crore for acquisition of land
for Jewar airport. The total of cost of acquisition has been estimated at Rs
4,500 crore. The rest of the project cost is likely to met by the centre's
Airport Authority of India.
The airport project was conceive to relieve the
pressure on the national capital's Indira Gandhi International airport. Mumbai
is also implementing the second airport project at Nhava Sheava. The Tamil Nadu
government has declined to allot land for the proposed second airport near
Chennai though the project was conceived nearly fifteen years ago.
“The civil aviation department has been exempted
from payment of 2.5 per cent acquisition cost to the revenue department,”
The state cabinet approved payment of
compensation of Rs 2,852 crore for acquisition of 1239.14 hectare land for the
project. The cabinet also decided to provide land of various departments for
the project free of cost.
“The cabinet has authorised the Noida
International Airport Limited (NIAL) to develop Jewar airport on public-private
partnership (PPP) model. NIAL has been authorised to select the developer for
airport and give the land on a lease of 90 years for the project,” he said.
DEFENCE CORRIDOR: IIT-K, BHU TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL
The cabinet has nominated the Indian Institute of
Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) and the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) for setting
up of a centre of excellence to provide technical expertise for defence
corridor project. The Defense ministry had announced the setting up of defense
corridor in Trichirapalli Salem belt in Tamil Nadu and in Uttar prdesh. Both
the project are still at a conceptual stage and will take years to take off.