BSP MPs meet PM for early nod to airport in G-Noida
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 18:44
New Delhi: BSP MPs today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here to demand early approval to the Jevar airport in Greater Noida and supply of coal linkages to Uttar Pradesh government's power plants to meet energy needs.

After their half-hour meeting with Singh in Parliament House, BSP leader in the Rajya Sabha S C Mishra told reporters that the airport would benefit the areas from Noida to Agra, apart from improving international tourism in the state.

Mishra said the proposal for the airport was pending for the last seven years and it was with the Group of Ministers on Aviation for the last three years despite the UP government agreeing to conditions laid down by private players operating the Delhi airport.

He said the Prime Minister assured the BSP MPs that the GoM would soon meet to take a decision on the airport proposal.

Mishra said the UP government had started its own power projects under which a 5,000 MW plant and a 22,000 MW plant would come up during the 11th and 12th Plan periods to meet the electricity demands of the state.

Though the Centre had not announced any power projects for UP, the State government had gone ahead on its own to start the projects, but no coal linkages were allowed by the Centre for these projects, thereby hampering the plans. "This is a discrimination against the state's people," he said.

He said the Prime Minister had agreed to examine the issue and find a solution soon.

Mishra said the BSP MPs also pressed for the Rs 80,000 crore special economic package for Uttar Pradesh, apart from the Rs 3,000 crore promised for the Bundelkhand region, which had not been released yet.


First Published: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 18:44

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