Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma has suggested that a major effort is underway to operationalise numerous airports in Uttar Pradesh, as stated in a PIB release. This is an outcome of a review meeting chaired by Sharma, and attended R N Choubey, secretary, civil aviation; senior officers of Airports Authority of India; director, civil aviation, Uttar Pradesh Government and several others.
Sharma informed that Rs 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 45 days. He said that an airport in Kushinagar will also be developed, for which the state government had provided Rs 200 crore and the work is being executed by RITES and would be complete within a year.
The minister said that a committee had been set up, comprising of two senior officers from the ministry and two officers from the UP government. This committee will study the feasibility of developing no frills airports in Meerut, Faizabad and Moradabad.
Sharma also informed that the case of constructing airport in Jewar had been sent to the Ministry of Defence for their NOC.