There’s fresh hope of revival of the long-proposed Jewar airport project in Greater Noida after Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, on Thursday, directed officials to expedite work on the project along the 165-km Yamuna Expressway.

In 2001, then UP chief minister and now union home minister Rajnath Singh had proposed a greenfield Taj international airport and aviation hub (TIAH) at Jewar. Though governments changed at the Centre and the state over the last 16 years, the project failed to kickstart.

“Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed all officials concerned to coordinate with the civil aviation ministry to get necessary approvals, so that the project is completed at the earliest. The project is crucial because it will help in bringing investment, setting up industries and creating jobs in the region along Yamuna Expressway,” Suresh Rana, minister of state (Independent), sugarcane, sugar mills and industrial development, said.

Officials hope that the project will be a reality soon as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in power in both the Centre and the state.

“In the last 16 years, the mantle of administration at the Centre and the state passed from one party to another, delaying the project. Over the last five years of the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) government, the project did not see much progress because of the dispute over airport location between the state and the Centre. While the state wanted the international airport near Agra, the Centre wanted it at Jewar. This kept delaying the ambitious project,” said a senior official of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), which has the mandate to provide the 5,000 acres of land for the project.

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