Airport at Jewar: Noida authorities ask builders to provide farmers with jobs, houses

The Noida district administration has sought the help of the confederation of real estate developers association of India (CREDAI), a builders’ body, in developing the international airport project planned at Jewar along the 165km Yamuna Expressway.

noida Updated: Aug 23, 2018 05:43 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times, Noida
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The airport project, with a budget of Rs 15,000-Rs 20,000 crore, is expected to become operational by 2022-2023 if the work begins by October this year. (HT File Photo)

The Noida district administration has sought the help of the confederation of real estate developers association of India (CREDAI), a builders’ body, in developing the international airport project planned at Jewar along the 165km Yamuna Expressway.

The airport project, with a budget of Rs 15,000-Rs 20,000 crore, is expected to become operational by 2022-2023 if the work begins by October this year. It is expected to fuel local economy and benefit manufacturing units, in addition to helping revive the real estate sector currently facing a slowdown in sales of flats, officials said.

“Since the airport project will benefit all sectors in the district, we have requested all stakeholders, including the realtors, to come forward to play their role in making the project a reality. We have requested the realtors to provide jobs to children of the 2,200 families whose land will be acquired for the airport project. The builders also can help these families in getting better quality housing, healthcare and education facilities if we work together on some scheme for farmers,” BN Singh, district magistrate (DM), Gautam Budh Nagar, said.

The president of CREDIA’s western Uttar Pradesh unit, Deepak Kapoor, and secretary Suresh Garg, along with Amit Modi, the vice-president of the unit, partook in the meeting.

“The DM gave this idea that CREDIA should come forward to provide social security to 2,200 farmer families. We have accepted the proposal right away. We are ready to strengthen these families in multiple ways, including housing, jobs to children of their families and educating the children of farmers who are ready to give their agricultural land for this project,” Garg said.

The CREDAI will prepare a detailed proposal and send it to the DM and the Uttar Pradesh government for further approvals.

“If the Yamuna Expressway industrial development authority (YEIDA) can provide us housing land on reasonable rates in the name of a co-operative society of farmers then our association will help in developing an integrated township for 2,200 families. The township can have schools and a hospital so that farmers’ families can lead a better life. But the government has to take a decision on it and farmers need to agree to the proposal. Or, we can offer a 25% discount on flats in ready projects. The idea is yet to take a final shape,” Kapoor said.

CREDAI has assured the DM that they will train eligible candidates from these families to bridge the skill gap and employ them in their companies as per their respective talents.

“Candidates from the 2,200 families can get jobs as per their skill and qualification. They can be security guards, masons, technicians, engineers, etc. We will train them and provide jobs. We want to send them a message that if they will give their land then their interests are safe,” Modi said.

The UP government, in the first phase, wants to acquire 1,441 hectares of land from eight villages – Rohi, Parohi, Banwari Bas, Ramner, Dayanatpur, Kishorpur, Mukimpur Shivara and Ranhera. Of these, two villages will be excluded from the acquisition process as of now, as land from Ramner and Mukimpur Shivara is not needed for the first phase. The government will acquire a total of 5,000 hectares for the project.

First Published: Aug 23, 2018 05:43 IST