Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Villagers demand renaming proposed international airport in Jewar after Rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan

Jewar (Greater Noida): The villagers who have been asked to relocate for construction of the world's fourth largest airport in Greater Noida's Jewar area have demanded renaming of the airport after the last Rajput king of Delhi, Prithviraj Chauhan.

"Unlike what happened in many land acquisitions in Noida, we didn't create any trouble and the acquisition process is being completed very smoothly. Since most of those who are being relocated are from the Rajput community, our only demand is to rename the airport as Rajput Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan, who was the last Rajput ruler of Delhi as well as this area," said Sunil Singh, a local resident.

As many as half a dozen villages and farms have been acquired by the government for construction of the new airport-- Noida International Greenfield Airport. Located around 70 kilometres from Delhi, the airport is being built by Swiss developer Zurich Airport International.

The relocation process of the residents is underway as the government is mulling a foundation stone laying ceremony in August with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as chief guests.

"It is a very small demand from us. By renaming the airport after Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan, we will not only pay tribute to one of the greatest warriors of India but also will feel proud of giving up our land for the airport project," said Vikas Singh, a local resident who is being relocated.

A couple of Muslim dominant villages have also come in support of the demand, claiming that those who agreed to relocate without any hesitation are from the Rajput community.

"Our ancestors were Rajputs. It will be a proud moment for us if the government names the airport after Rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan," said Faruq Khan, a local resident.

30/06/21 Abhishek Anand/India Today

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