Aviation ministry clears proposals for development of small airports in Uttar Pradesh

Aviation ministry to extend Rs400 crore assistance to develop Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur and Bareilly airports


A file photo of minister of state for civil aviation Mahesh Sharma. Photo: Hindustan Times
A file photo of minister of state for civil aviation Mahesh Sharma. Photo: Hindustan Times

New Delhi: The civil aviation ministry on Monday said it has cleared proposals for development of small airports in Uttar Pradesh, which goes to the polls next year.

The move comes in the wake of the ministry’s recent announcement on launching a regional connectivity fund to subsidize flights to small towns.

The aviation ministry will extend Rs.400 crore assistance to develop Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur and Bareilly airports, minister of state for civil aviation Mahesh Sharma said in a statement.

Besides these an airport at Kushinagar will also be developed, for which the Uttar Pradesh government has promised Rs.200 crore.

A committee, comprising two senior officers from the aviation ministry and two from the Uttar Pradesh government, has been set up to study the feasibility of developing no-frills airports at Meerut, Faizabad and Moradabad.

The decision was announced after a joint meeting in the capital between Sharma, senior officers of the Airports Authority of India, the director-civil aviation of the Uttar Pradesh government and district magistrates of the concerned districts of the state.

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