Gautam Buddh Nagar administration sends land acquisition proposal to UP government for Jewar Airport
The Gautam Buddh Nagar administration has sent a proposal for acquisition of 1,334 hectares of land in Jewar for building an international airport, officials said, on October 17, 2018. The state government, after examining the proposal, will issue a notification for land acquisition under Section 11A of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, District Magistrate (DM) Brajesh Narain Singh said.
The proposed land for building the Jewar Airport is 5,000 hectares, and the estimated cost for the same is estimated to be Rs 15,000-20,000 crores. After the project will be completed, it will be the second airport in the National Capital Region (NCR) after Indira Gandhi International Airport. A total of 1,293 hectares of land will be acquired from farmers in the neighboring villages, viz., Rohi, Dayanatpur, Parohi, Kishorepur, Ranhera and Banwari Baans, and due compensation will be given to them. The remaining 95 hectares already belongs to the government.
“I am happy to announce that the requisite 70 per cent consent from the land owners has been taken for the project. In fact, 72 per cent of them have consented to the land acquisition. All formalities have been completed at the district level and a proposal has been sent to the government,” the DM said.
The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, states the agreement of at least 70 per cent of land owners, for a government to proceed with land acquisitions fir any such projects.
“The next step is that the appropriate government has to express its intent, to acquire the land for public purpose under Section 11A of the Act. So, the collector, in this case the additional district magistrate (land and acquisition), has sent the proposal with our approval to the state government, after fulfilling all formalities. The government will examine it and issue the notification under Section 11A for the land acquisition,” Singh clarified.
He further mentioned that the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) report and Social Impact Management Plan (SIMP) for the affected region, have already been approved by the government. Around 5,905 families will be impacted because of the project, out of which 5,007 are farmers’ families, while 898 families are landless, according to the report. The administration said in a statement, “Around 1,775 families from three villages – Rohi, Dayanatpur and Kishorepur – will likely have to be rehabilitated, due to the project. A total of 4,235 of the families have given their consent for the project, around 72 per cent, which fulfils the requisite legality of at least 70 per cent consent for carrying out any such land acquisition.”
The district administration said that chief minster Yogi Adityanath, at the time of his visit to Gautam Buddh Nagar on August 3, 2018 to meet farmers, clearly said to the administration: ‘Get the project negotiated at the earliest and the farmers must be taken into confidence before moving ahead’.
“Our team has worked really hard for this and I believe the process has been very fair, transparent and democratic. The proposal has been scrutinized and the farmers have been taken into confidence. A very fair process has been adopted,” the DM said.
There was an initial resistance from landowners and farmers citing inadequate compensation and amount related benefits, besides the resettlement policy. The Jewar airport is expected to be operational by 20122-23.