Tribune press service
New Delhi, November 25
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone for Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Uttar Pradesh and highlighted development activities in the state linked to the poll. He said the airport, which is expected to be completed by 2024, will become the logistics gateway to North India. He claimed that infrastructure was “not politics for us, but part of national politics”.
The long-awaited project, considered the most important in Asia, was announced weeks before the announcement of the UP Assembly elections. The ambitious project has been touted as one of the country’s major infrastructure projects, which will help create more than 1 lakh of jobs. The project will be executed by Zurich Airport International AG. PM Modi said, “For the first time after independence, the dual-engine government is giving its due to Uttar Pradesh. Previously, UP was criticized for bad roads, bad infrastructure, mafia, etc. Previous governments have kept UP poor. Today, the state is making its mark on the world stage.
The prime minister said the BJP government was ensuring the swift execution of the projects. “Previous projects would be announced, but nothing would happen on the ground. Costs would rise and blame games were the order of the day. Our government ensured that the projects were completed on time, ”he said.