Monday, August 27, 2018

Jewar Airport: Why some farmers are resisting land acquisition

Noida: An unfulfilled promise, inadequate compensation and a fear of losing their identity are key reasons why some farmers in Jewar are resisting the Uttar Pradesh government’s bid to acquire their land for a proposed international airport. The farmers are also peeved about the categorisation of their region as “urban”. This classification makes them eligible for a compensation of two times the circle rate, instead of four times which is applicable on agricultural land under the Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

Several farmers in five villages — Rohi, Parohi, Dayanatpur, Kishorpur and Ranhera — are ready for the acquisition as per the administration’s offer of Rs 2,300-Rs 2,500 per sq metre, while some others are demanding Rs 3,600 per sq metre, four times the circle rate. An international airport has been proposed in Jewar in Gautam Buddh Nagar for which around 5,000 hectare of land is to be acquired. The reported cost of the airport, scheduled to begin operations by 2022-23, would be Rs 15,000-20,000 crore.
The government, in the first phase, wants to acquire over 1,300 hectare from the five villages, affecting 2,250 families.
Murlidhar Sharma, 69, from Ranhera village claimed he is yet to receive a plot as was assured by the administration in addition to the monetary compensation for his land that was acquired for the Yamuna Expressway. I have seen all governments. Now what should I say… I had land along what now is the Yamuna Expressway. I was promised a plot seven per cent the size of my acquired land — which I have not got till date,” he claimed.
26/08/18 PTI/Indian Express
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