NEW DELHI : The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has moved a step closer to setting up a new airport at Jewar in Gautam Budh Nagar district by allocating 800 crore for acquiring land. The allocation is made in the state budget for FY2020 that lays emphasis on infrastructure as well as basic amenities to people.

The budget presented by state finance minister Rajesh Agarwal also set aside 200 crore for developing an airport at Ayodhya, as per the budget document. Adityanath government’s third budget also made a provision of 150 crore to promote regional air connectivity.

The proposed airport at Jewar is expected to be completed by FY2023 at a cost of about 15,000-20,000 crore. This is expected to improve connectivity in the national capital region, which currently has only one airport, the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.

The union government is working on upgrading airports as well as building new ones across the country to make air travel accessible and to boost economic activity. The Airport Authority of India (AAI), which is responsible for aviation infrastructure, has plans to invest over 36,000 crore over the next few years across several cities.

The UP budget also made fund allocation for socially significant schemes like affordable housing, for which 6,240 crore has been set aside for FY20. It has set aside 3,488 crore for rural jobs.

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