Govt teams work overtime to seek farmers’ consent for Jewar airport
The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (Yeida) and the Gautam Budh Nagar administration and Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh are holding meetings in all villages to seek farmers’ consent to acquire the land required for constructing an international airport at Jewar, along the 165km Yamuna Expressway.
The district administration, last week, had revised the deadline to seek consent to September 6. In the first phase, 1,441 hectares have to be acquired from six villages of Rohi, Parohi, Banwaribas, Dayanatpur, Kishorpur and Ranhera.
The district administration has deployed a team of 16 officials and Yeida a team of 10 officials to seek consent from farmers, whose agricultural land has to be acquired.
MLA Dhirendra Singh has come forward to convince farmers to part with their land as many were reluctant to do so at the government’s rate of ₹2,300 or ₹2,500 per square metre.
“We have started meeting farmers as some leaders of the opposition were trying to mislead them. Today, we took meetings in Ranhera, Dayanatpur and Kishorpur villages. In Ranhera 95% and in Kishorpur 80% farmers have agreed to give their land. Farmers in Dayanatpur also agreed to support the airport project,” Singh said.
On the whole, the government will acquire 5,000 hectares for the airport project. The estimated budget for the project is ₹15,000- ₹20,000 crore and the airport is expected to be operational by 2022-23.
According to officials, 2,173 farmers have given their consent in writing and have agreed to part with 750 hectares.
“Most farmers have agreed to give their land after discussions. The administration needs to just get this in writing in the coming days,” Singh said.
As per the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, the administration needs to have the consent of 70% farmers before it can start acquisition. The UP government, however, wants consent from all farmers.
“It is good that farmers are coming forward to support the project. Once we have the consent from all, we will start the other formalities,” Arun Vir Singh, chief executive officer, Yeida, said.
“We have the consent of 208 farmers for 74 hectares. Farmers are responding positively now,” Balram Singh, additional district magistrate, Gautam Budh Nagar district, said.