No, Uttar Pradesh did not have only 2 airports from British rule until 2017.

Claim

Only two airports were operational until Akhilesh Yadav’s regime that ended in March 2017 in Uttar Pradesh, but after Yogi Adityanath came into the government, 24 airports were announced; of those, 10 are functional and 14 are in process.

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Explanation

In the viral video of 59 seconds shared by the user, namely Megh Updates on X (formerly Twitter), a man is heard saying, “only two airports from British rule till March 2017 were operating in Uttar Pradesh when the Akhilesh Yadav regime ended in March 2017. After Yogi Adityanath came to power today, we have 24 airports, of which 10 are operating and 14 are under construction. Before 2017, all the government and British were only able to build two airports.”

https://twitter.com/MithilaWaala/status/1745810391027052709?s=20

The same viral video is being shared by right-wing supporters and can be seen here, here, and here.

What is the truth?

We ran a keyword search and found the PIB Press Release posted on 11, January 2024 where Aviation Minister Jyotiradiya Scindia said that Uttar Pradesh had only 6 airports in 2014, and now the state has 10 airports, including the newly inaugurated airport in Ayodhya.

A similar press conference was uploaded on the News9 Live YouTube channel on January 11, 2024, where he said, “Uttar Pradesh had only 6 airports in 2014, and now the state has 10 airports, including Ayodhya airport. By the next year, UP will have five more airports. One airport each in Azamgarh, Aligarh, Moradabad, Shravasti, and Chitrakoot will be inaugurated in the next month. An international-level airport will also be ready in Jewar by the end of this year.”

According to the Union Minister, in 2014, Uttar Pradesh had six airports, and he also said that in total, UP will have 19 airports in the future. So according to both pieces of information, viral video data is false.

When searching to know the number of airports in 2017, we found an India Today article reporting that 4 were functional. The article further stated that only Lucknow and Varanasi were in regular use. This does not mean Uttar Pradesh has had only 2 airports since British rule until 2017.

Conclusion

It is found that the claim that Uttar Pradesh had only 2 airports till 2017 and has 24 now, of which 10 are operational and 14 are under construction, is false. Uttar Pradesh had 6 airports in 2014, and now the state has 10 airports, including the newly inaugurated one in Ayodhya. The count is planned to be increased to 19 in the future.

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