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Uttar Pradesh Govt takes steps to set up an international airport at Noida to felieve pressure on Delhi airport. TN govt silent on second airport project for Chennai

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,” Sharma said.

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 EXPERTISE

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.

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