The Uttar Pradesh government yesterday (Tuesday, 18th February 2020), presented its budget for FY 20-21. The Budget presented in the state assembly by Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna provided big allocations for Metro Rail projects in the state apart from several key infrastructure sectors such as Roads and Aviation.
The Kanpur Metro Rail Project got Rs 358 crore and Rs 286 was allocated for the metro rail in Agra. The Budget earmarked Rs 200 crore more for metro rail projects in Gorakhpur and other cities.
Addressing reporters later, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called the Budget, the fourth presented by his government, “historic”, “growth-oriented” and “people-friendly”.
The Budget lays emphasis on developing metro networks, airports and expressways. Besides the allocation for the metro projects, it provides Rs 2,000 crore for the 637-km ‘Ganga Expressway’ from Meerut to Allahabad, which the government says will be in the longest in the country.
The Noida International Greenfield Airport at Jewar near Delhi has been allotted Rs 2,000 crore, which is about half of the estimated cost of its first phase of construction. “The airport is expected to go operational by 2023,” Khanna said in his speech.