New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Noida International Airport in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, Union Ministers Jyotiraditya Scindia, Gen VK Singh, Sanjiv Baliyan, SP Singh Baghel and BL Varma were among those present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said, the new India of the 21st century is building one of the best modern infrastructures today. “Better roads, better rail network, better airports are not just infrastructure projects but they transform the entire region, transforming people's lives completely,” he said.
The Prime Minister said Noida International Airport will become the logistics gateway of northern India. This airport will make the entire region a powerful symbol of the National Gatishakti Masterplan, he added.
Commenting on the economic fallout of infrastructure development, the Prime Minister said employment opportunities are created during airport construction. The airport also requires thousands of people to run smoothly. Therefore “this airport will also give new employment to thousands of people of western UP,” said the PM.
The Prime Minister remarked that after seven decades of independence, for the first time, Uttar Pradesh has started getting what it has always deserved. With the efforts of the double engine government, today Uttar Pradesh is turning into the most connected region of the country. He said, Noida International Airport will play a major role in the growing aviation sector of India and will be a key centre of maintenance, repair and operations of aircraft. He informed that the Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility is coming up in 40 acres, giving employment to hundreds of young people. Today, India spends thousands of crore rupees for getting these services abroad, said Modi.
Commenting on the integrated multi-modal cargo hub that is coming up, he said that in a land-locked state like Uttar Pradesh, airport will be very useful. This hub will serve industrial centres like Aligarh, Mathura, Meerut, Agra, Bijnor, Moradabad and Bareilly. He said Khurja artisans, Meerut Sports Industry, Saharanpur furniture, the brass industry of Moradabad, Agra footwear and the petha industry will get huge support from the upcoming infrastructure.
The Prime Minister said Uttar Pradesh, the state which the previous governments kept in deprivation and darkness, the Uttar Pradesh which was shown false dreams by the previous governments is making its mark not only nationally but also internationally.
The Prime Minister cited Noida airport as an example of how the earlier governments in UP and at the Center ignored the development of western Uttar Pradesh. He said two decades ago, the BJP government of UP had conceptualised this project. But later this airport was entangled in the tussles of the previous governments in Delhi and Lucknow for many years. The government which was earlier in UP had written a letter to the then Central government and had told that the project of this airport should be shelved. Now with the efforts of the double engine government, today we are witnessing the Bhumi Pujan of the same airport, said Modi.
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