Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati may be heading for a fresh confrontation with the UPA government at the Centre. A few months ago, the Union Cabinet had given an in-principle clearance to the state’s proposed Taj International Airport plan near Greater Noida.
However, the Attorney General now says that any new airport near Delhi will violate the agreement the Civil Aviation Ministry signed with Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) in 2006, which prevented the construction on any new airport within a 150-km radius of Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. DIAL executives have privately said that they will contest any airport project either in Greater Noida or in Jhajjar in Haryana. Expect Mayawati to go to the Supreme Court on this.