Photos: The burden of sudden wealth in UP’s Jewar

Villagers in Jewar became millionaires overnight with land acquisition for the airport resulting in windfall. The Uttar Pradesh government has acquired land from farmers for the upcoming Noida International Airport in Jewar village. Till last week, the UP government has disbursed ₹ 2,335 crore as compensation to 4,360 landowners in six villages. But, most of them cannot figure out how to deal with their new found fortune. With the new wealth pouring in, the social dynamics have also changed. It is a shock they are yet to cope with.

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A sale and purchase for land signboard is seen in Jewar village. The Uttar Pradesh government has acquired land from farmers for the upcoming Noida International Airport in Jewar village, completing 75 per cent of required acquisition for the first phase of the project. The first phase of the airport would be spread over 1,334 hectare and is expected to be completed by 2023, according to officials. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

A sale and purchase for land signboard is seen in Jewar village. The Uttar Pradesh government has acquired land from farmers for the upcoming Noida International Airport in Jewar village, completing 75 per cent of required acquisition for the first phase of the project. The first phase of the airport would be spread over 1,334 hectare and is expected to be completed by 2023, according to officials. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

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When Shriram’s father, a farmer, signed on the dotted line to hand over his agricultural land to the government a couple of months back for the Jewar airport project, he became a millionaire overnight. The family, which made a meagre ₹1.5 lakh a year, is now richer by ₹8 crore, and 32-year-old Shriram is keen on ‘living life differently’. He has begun by buying a brand new SUV for ₹11 lakh. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

When Shriram’s father, a farmer, signed on the dotted line to hand over his agricultural land to the government a couple of months back for the Jewar airport project, he became a millionaire overnight. The family, which made a meagre ₹1.5 lakh a year, is now richer by ₹8 crore, and 32-year-old Shriram is keen on ‘living life differently’. He has begun by buying a brand new SUV for ₹11 lakh. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

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“We had 37 bigha land, but no money, and subsisted on income from our farms. Now while everyone in this village is a crorepati, none knows how to handle the money. I thought at least we should improve our lifestyle,” Shriram said. His old motorcycle, his lifeline for over a decade, remains unused for over two months. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

“We had 37 bigha land, but no money, and subsisted on income from our farms. Now while everyone in this village is a crorepati, none knows how to handle the money. I thought at least we should improve our lifestyle,” Shriram said. His old motorcycle, his lifeline for over a decade, remains unused for over two months. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

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In his quest for a new life, Shriram, who gave up studies after 9th standard, has mulled several business ideas but starting a grand garment showroom in Jewar is closest to his heart. But his father, Kunwar Pal Singh, 60, immediately shoots it down. All we know is agriculture, which is fundamental to a farmer’s life, says Kunwar Pal, sitting inside the living room of his house at Rohi village, in Jewar block. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

In his quest for a new life, Shriram, who gave up studies after 9th standard, has mulled several business ideas but starting a grand garment showroom in Jewar is closest to his heart. But his father, Kunwar Pal Singh, 60, immediately shoots it down. All we know is agriculture, which is fundamental to a farmer’s life, says Kunwar Pal, sitting inside the living room of his house at Rohi village, in Jewar block. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

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Rohi, located along the Yamuna Expressway, about 80 km from Delhi, is a village of about 500 non-descript houses, lush green paddy fields, with narrow well-paved roads snaking through them. Most families are into agriculture, though some have members serving in the army or the police. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

Rohi, located along the Yamuna Expressway, about 80 km from Delhi, is a village of about 500 non-descript houses, lush green paddy fields, with narrow well-paved roads snaking through them. Most families are into agriculture, though some have members serving in the army or the police. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

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The agricultural fields in the village have the last standing crop, and boards put by Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) with a ‘statutory warning’ that the land has been acquired by the UP government for the Noida International Airport, Jewar. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

The agricultural fields in the village have the last standing crop, and boards put by Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) with a ‘statutory warning’ that the land has been acquired by the UP government for the Noida International Airport, Jewar. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

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Till last week, the UP government has disbursed ₹ 2,335 crore as compensation to 4,360 landowners in six villages --- Ranhera, Rohi, Parohi, Kishorpur, Banwaribas and Dayanatpur. Though most of these overnight multi-millionaires are struggling to figure out what to do with their new-found fortune, for now owning an SUV has become a marker of their new economic status. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

Till last week, the UP government has disbursed ₹ 2,335 crore as compensation to 4,360 landowners in six villages --- Ranhera, Rohi, Parohi, Kishorpur, Banwaribas and Dayanatpur. Though most of these overnight multi-millionaires are struggling to figure out what to do with their new-found fortune, for now owning an SUV has become a marker of their new economic status. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)

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