Monday, September 25, 2017

Jewar airport: Turbulence on the ground

Ranveer Singh, a 78-year-old resident of Mukeempur Shivara village in the Jewar area, knows exactly what he wants in return for giving up his land for the international airport that is being planned there: four to five times the present circle rate, Rs 20 lakh for rehabilitation, a government job for at least one family member, and a house similiar to and at least as big as the old one he will have to abandon. An apartment won’t do; it’s a house with a compound that he wants. And he wants the authorities to keep all promises and make all payments within six months.

Mukeempur Shivara is one of the nine villages in Jewar, in the Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh, close to the Delhi-Agra Yamuna Expressway, from which land is to be acquired for the second airport in the national capital region (NCR). Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) handles 63 million passengers yearly, and in the next few years the figure is expected to go up to some 110 million. A second airport would help ease the pressure on IGIA, besides reducing the road trip to the airport for passengers living in Noida, Greater Noida and eastern parts of Delhi.

Plans are to have the airport functioning in seven years, and the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), the nodal agency, has started surveying the area. The airport will be developed in public-private partnership, for which a company will be competitively chosen. Land acquisition – a life-changing proposition for the many farmers of Jewar – is expected to begin by November.
25/09/17 Ishita Mishra/Governance Now
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