Yamuna Expressway authority asks government for dedicated team to handle Jewar airport
YEIDA has demanded a dedicated provincial civil service (PCS) officer for this project.Updated: Jun 25, 2017 21:51 IST
A day after the civil aviation ministry gave the green signal for an international airport to be set up in Jewar, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) on Sunday decided to form a dedicated team for handling the project.
“The civil aviation ministry’s green signal means that the real challenge has just started. It is just the beginning; we need to put in a lot of hard work to fast-track this project. However, to do that, we need a dedicated team because we do not have adequate personnel for the special project at present. I have written for to the government for the formation of a dedicated team,” said Dr Prabhat Kumar, chairman of the Yamuna Expressway and the Greater Noida authorities.
Kumar also holds the charge of the commissioner for Meerut division.
YEIDA has demanded a dedicated provincial civil service (PCS) officer for this project. “I have already requested the chief minister for a dedicated PCS officer, supported by a team of tehsildars and other officials, to be put in place immediately for the project,” said Kumar.
At present, YEIDA has a chief executive officer, an additional CEO and an officer on special duty, besides other lower level staff.
“I have also requested the UP board of revenue to provide us with a team of tehsildars because we need to acquire 1,000 hectares for the first phase of the project. We need to deal with thousands of farmers. Therefore, we need a dedicated team to ensure smooth land acquisition,” said Kumar.
YEIDA will play a crucial role as it is tasked with acquiring agricultural land for the project. Also, the authority has decided to get environmental clearances for the project by 2019.
“Once we acquire the land and prepare it for the project, we will get environmental clearances. Subsequently, we will get an in-principle approval for the project from the civil aviation ministry. Right now, the ministry has given us the in-principle approval for the site. My target is to get all necessary approvals and prepare the land for setting up the project by 2019,” said Kumar.
The UP government had set up YEIDA on April 24, 2001, to build the 165 km Yamuna Expressway, set up industries and develop urban areas along this road. However, the authority’s plan to house 35 lakh people by 2031, as per its master plan, is yet to pick up pace.
Around 2.5 lakh hectares in 1,187 villages of six districts — Gautam Budh Nagar, Bulandshahar, Aligarh, Hathras, Mathura and Agra — have been notified under YEIDA. However, in the last 15 years, no major industry, except yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali food park and five mobile phone manufacturers, has set up base here.
First Published: Jun 25, 2017 21:51 IST