Jewar Airport: UP Govt signs MoU to kick-start Land acquisition process

In order to kick-start the process of land acquisition for the Jewar Airport, the UP Government has signed a MoU with Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), Noida and Greater Noida Industrial Development Authorities on Tuesday. The pact will also help in speeding up the work of the ambitious Greenfield Noida International Airport.

Land Acquisition Process

Along with the senior officials of all the three authorities, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Uttar Pradesh Civil Aviation Minister Nand Gopal Gupta were also present during the signing of MoU.

Officials of state Government, who were present during the meeting said, “We are happy to announce that a MoU has been signed between the stakeholders, YEIDA, Greater Noida Authority and UP government to execute the mega airport.”

They further informed that the NIAL shall be responsible for the development, operations, maintenance, land acquisition and all other activities relating to Airport.

State Civil Aviation Minister Nand Gopal Gupta said, “The Union Civil Aviation Ministry and the state government are working together continuously under the leadership of Suresh Prabhu to make Jewar a reality.”

Meanwhile, YEIDA will start the process of preparing the bid document for selecting of the concessioner. The bidding process is likely to commence by July end this year. For that, the terms of reference for environmental clearance have also been given by the environment ministry.

Land acquisition process starts with meeting

On Tuesday, YEIDA officials and district administration also took a meeting with a section of farmers which can also be said as the first step towards land acquisition. A public hearing was done with the farmers of Ranhra village on the basis of a social impact assessment report prepared by a team from Gautam Buddha University.

Prasun Dwivedi, Sub-divisional magistrate, who conducted the public hearings said, “Land had been identified in eight villages, including Mukeempur Shivara, Ranhra, Parohi, Kishorpur, and Dayanatpur. For a smoother process, authorities will abide by provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, 2013.”

He further said that the government has notified the proposed Jewar airport as an urban area and according to the act the compensation for land acquired in rural areas is four times the circle rate.

However, few farmers express their disconcern on categorizing their farmland as urban and not rural and are asking for more compensation. Some of them even demanded job against their plots.

Few days back state government officials also announced that the foundation-laying ceremony of the project would be performed before Diwali this year. Jewar airport project is one of the most ambitious projects of both Centre as well as state.

The first phase is expected to get completed by the year 2022-23. Once the operations will start, the airport is expected to cater 60 million passengers as per the report presented by PwC.