Boeing's hospital proposal shows UP fast becoming India's aviation stronghold
UP is the also site for the mega Jewar airport, which is expected to catapult the Indian aviation sector into a club of global bigwigs
US plane making giant Boeing has proposed to build a 200-bed ICU hospital in Uttar Pradesh. When seen in the backdrop of the big push that the aviation industry has received in the state in recent times, this proposal by Boeing lends credence to the claim the Uttar Pradesh is fast becoming the aviation stronghold of the country.
At a time when the country is being battered by a Covid-19 surge and shortage of oxygen and hospital beds, this proposal would be music to the ears.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inspected the site of the hospital proposed to be constructed at Gorakhpur's Vir Bahadur Singh Sports College, PTI reported on May 10.
Uttar Pradesh is the also site for the mega Jewar airport project, which is expected to catapult the Indian aviation sector into a club of global bigwigs. Jewar has been envisaged as India's largest airport and would have five runways when fully complete, bringing it at par with global airports like Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in the US and Shanghai Pudong International Airport in China. The Jewar airport is being built to handle 70 million passengers by 2050 and significantly bring down the load on Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).
After initiating construction of Jewar, Ayodhya and Sonbhadra airports, and taking steps for the facelift, upgrade and expansion of Bareilly, Lucknow, Kanpur and Kushinagar airports, the Yogi Adityanath government had recently decided to accelerate the expansion of the airstrip and construction of an airport terminal at Chitrakoot. The tabletop Chitrakoot airport is expected to play a big role in the development of the Bundelkhand region.
The Chitrakoot airport is also expected to give a fillip to the Centre's Regional Connectivity Scheme -- Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (RCS-UDAN). There are plans to connect Prayagraj and Kanpur with Chitrakoot under the RCS, The Times of India reported.
“The state government has already made airports in Prayagraj, Kanpur, Hindon and Bareilly operational, while the ones in Azamgarh, Aligarh, Chitrakoot, Moradabad, Sonbhadra, Shravasti, Ayodhya, Kushinagar and Saharanpur (Sarsawan) are under construction and will be operational soon," said Uttar Pradesh Civil Aviation Secretary Surendra Singh. He added that flights are planned to start from Bareilly and Pantnagar to Prayagraj, and there are also plans to develop the airports in Meerut, Jhansi and Ghazipur.
The state has also approached the Centre seeking air connectivity between Prayagraj and Hindon (Ghaziabad), and resumption of flights from the Kanpur airport. In the state, at present seven airports were functional catering to 64 destinations. Besides, the state government is developing 12 new airports.
Apart from Uttar Pradesh, Boeing India had also come forward to set up a hospital in Karnataka too. A 200-oxygen bed hospital is being set up at the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) site in Yelhanka, Bengaluru. It would benefit from the assured supply of oxygen from the KPCL plant and would help to lessen the load on existing oxygen supplies in the state, which has already become stretched due to the massive surge in Covid-19 cases.
The Karnataka government has also requested Boeing to set up a similar hospital with 250 oxygen beds at Kalaburgi. This hospital would also serve the districts of Bidar, Belgaum and Raichur, which are severely affected by the pandemic and lack proper medical infrastructure.