Thursday, August 16, 2018

Uttar Pradesh may drop Jewar international airport project if farmers don’t hand over land: Official

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government might drop the Jewar International Airport project in Gautam Buddh Nagar on Delhi’s outskirts if the farmers do not agree to hand over their land for acquisition, a top official said Thursday.

Chairman of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) Prabhat Kumar told PTI in Lucknow they met over 100 farmers of six villages Wednesday in Noida and tried to clear their doubts regarding the land acquisition.

“We met village heads and farmers of six villages, where land was proposed to be acquired for the project. They were given offer regarding land rates and other benefits. If they (farmers) do not agree, the airport project might be dropped,” he said.

“The farmers were assured that their land will not be procured without their willingness as per the instructions of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The farmers will consider our proposal and respond. We hope for the best,” said Kumar, who is also UP agriculture production commissioner.
16/08/18 PTI/Indian Express
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