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Plans to have local flights from Hindon hit land price hurdle

Around 25 to 30 farmers, who own the 7.5 acres, are asking for ₹1.5 crore per annum for leasing out their land

noida Updated: Feb 08, 2018 22:06 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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The operation of regional flights from Hindon will ease the load on Delhi airport.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The regional connectivity scheme (RCS) under which regional flights are proposed to be operated from Ghaziabad’s Hindon airbase is presently in a deadlock as local farmers have quoted a ‘very high’ price for leasing out their land to the Airport Authority of India (AAI).

As part of the scheme, Ghaziabad officials were asked to scout for land for setting up facilities under RCS, adjacent to Hindon airbase. Officials had identified 7.5 acres and sent a proposal to the AAI. Most of the land is owned by farmers and some part of it also belongs to UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC).

Ritu Maheshwari, the district magistrate of Ghaziabad, said around 25 to 30 farmers own the 7.5 acres and they have quoted a high annual lease rental charge.

“The farmers have quoted a price of Rs1.5 crore per annum for leasing out their land and they are adamant about the rate. On the other hand, the AAI has sent a proposal for Rs10 lakh per annum. There is a huge difference between the two prices. We will get both the sides to hold meetings and decide upon an amicable price,” she said.

The procurement of land on lease basis is vital to the project as the operation of regional flights from Hindon will ease the load on the congested Delhi airport.

Officials said that 90% of the land chunk at Sikandarpur belongs to farmers, while the UPSIDC owns 10% of it. “The UPSIDC has said it will agree to the price that is offered to farmers. At present, the process is stuck due to the deadlock on the rates but we hope to get the issue resolved soon,” Maheshwari said.

Officials said the land is for setting up entry/exit, waiting facilities for passengers and other utilities. Only the runways of the airbase will be used, for running the flights. Officials also said additional 35 acres will also be required in the vicinity for future expansion.

The deliberations for RCS at Hindon have been going on since November 2017, when AAI officials held meetings with Indian Air Force officials in November 2017. During the meeting, various pockets of land, including the seven-acre one, were discussed. The additional land is to be used for development of full-fledged civil enclave, including apron facilities.

The IAF had also raised security concerns and proposed that it would be suitable to establish the frisking/checking facility outside their operational area. It was also discussed that stakeholders should work out a plan for construction of semi-permanent portacabins to meet the requirement of 200 passengers during the peak hour.

First Published: Feb 08, 2018 22:06 IST