Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Panel set up to buy Jewar airport land

Greater Noida: An eight-member committee has been set up by Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) to acquire land for the sanctioned international airport in Jewar. The Authority, which is the nodal agency for the project, is, meanwhile, awaiting a nod from the state government regarding the funds required for land acquisition. It needs at least Rs 3,000 crore for the first phase of the project.
Officials said the committee was formed by the Authority last week and it includes an officer on special duty, two tehsildars, a senior project manager, a senior planning manager, a revenue officer and two lekhpals. The panel will initiate acquisition of land for the project in three phases.
"The airport is to be developed in three phases across 3,000 hectares of land. In the first phase of the project, about 1,250 hectares of land will be required. To acquire this land, YEIDA will require about Rs 3,000 crore. This committee will do its homework to ensure the earmarked land is free from any dispute and can be acquired immediately without any delay as soon as we get a go-ahead from the state government," Amarnath Upadhyay, additional CEO (ACEO), YEIDA, told TOI.
YEIDA is, however, yet to get a final approval from the state government for the funds required for land acquisition. An in-principal approval has already been obtained from two central government agencies — Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO) and NCR Planning Board (NCRPB) — for a loan towards the project.
19/09/17 Vandana Keelor/Times of India