Friday, October 12, 2018

Jewar airport: UP Congress chief Raj Babbar says government ‘forcibly acquiring’ land, BJP MLA denies

Congress leader Raj Babbar on Thursday accused the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh of “forcibly acquiring” land from farmers for a proposed international airport in Gautam Buddh Nagar’s Jewar.
Babbar, the chief of the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Congress, Thursday visited the region in western part of the state adjoining the national capital, Delhi, and met with the locals.
An international airport is proposed to be developed in Jewar. Over 1,300 hectare of land from five villages – Rohi, Parohi, Dayanatpur, Ranhera and Kishorpur – is to be acquired during the first phase of the green field project. A total of 5,000 hectares of land is to be acquired for the green field airport estimated worth Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 crore.
“The BJP government is forcibly acquiring land from farmers in the name of (making) an airport in Jewar. The new land acquisition act, which was made due to efforts of (Congress national president) Rahul Gandhi clearly says that the government cannot acquire land from farmers without their will and proper compensation. Today I witnessed this ‘sarkaari dadagiri’ in Jewar,” Babbar tweeted.
Some landowners, including farmers and villagers, initially resisted the land acquisition citing various reasons such as “inadequate” compensation amount and related benefits besides the resettlement policy.
By mid-September around 71 per cent farmers and land owners in the five villages had given their consent for land acquisition, according to district officials.
12/10/18 Financial Express

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