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Setting up of an International Airport at Kushinagar and integrated development of Buddhist Circuit

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There is an airstrip at Kushinagar in eastern part of Uttar Pradesh. This airstrip is proposed to be

upgrade to an International Airport for which M/S IL&FS,IDC, was selected as the Project consultant. A team from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, GOI and the Airports Authority of India had visited the proposed site and found it suitable for the project. MOEF,GOI has also approved the TOR submitte d by the Project Consultant. A proposal has been sent to the U.P. Pollution Control Board for obtaining necessary EIA clearance. The RFQ prepared by the Consultant has been approved by the Empowered Committee and the same has been uploaded on the Deptt's website An Advertisement has also been given in leading

newspapers Sankisa for

for potential investors. Based on DBFOT this project also includes the airstrips at Sravasti and landing purposes. 50 acre land at Kapilvastu can also be provided to the developer. Apart from

the airstrip, an additional approx. 650 acres land papers are being prepared and a proposal for Government for land acquisition as compensation

is required to be acquired around the Rs. 35.00 crores has already been to be paid in advance.

airstrip for which submitted to the

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With an aim to boost tourism in the state, the

State Government has decided to invite private

capital investors for an integrated development of Buddhist Circuit in PPP mode on DBFOT basis. The proposal includes, among other things, development of an international airport in Kushinagar.The State Government has an existing airstrip on about 100 acres of land at Kasia in Kushinagar and is in process of

acquiring additional land for this ambitious tourism project.

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Besides Air port, the State Government proposes commercial development of 98 acres of land in

Kapilvastu apart from development on 200 acres land adjacent to the Airport for hotels, convention

centers,

office

complex,

entertainment

complexes,

restaurants,

shopping

mall

and

amenities.

The

incentives include permission to operate bus service between Sonauli, Saranath, Sankisa, Sravasthi, Kapilavastu, Kausambi parking charges for flight landing at Sankisa and Sravasthi.

various Buddhist sites such as Gorakhpur, and Lucknow and waiver of landing and

Development and operation of tourist Bungalows /Hotel Units of the Deptt. of Tourism/ UPSTDC through disinvestment

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In this project of disinvestment of units, a maximum of 76% of shares capital shall be allowed to

the private entrepreneurs. This will not only create job opportunities but also improve economy of the State. Selection of Advisor, Legal Advisor and Valuers was made in accordance with the guidelines. For this project, 16 bids in all were received for 9 SPVs having 29 units. As per recommendations of the Empowered Committee, only four SPVs with 9 units were approved for which a note was submitted to

hon'ble Cabinet for approval.

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For remaining units a proposal is sought from the Advisor

for inviting Bids

again and adopting

Swiss Challenge Method. Government of India has also agreed in principle in respect of those units which were constructed with central financial assistance. An investors meet was also organised in Mumbai on

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