Sunday, October 23, 2022

Noida Airport gets consent from 70% farmers for land acquisition

Noida: Officials on Friday said they have received consent letters of more than 70% of farmers - the minimum required by law for government to proceed for land acquisition for the second phase of Noida International Airport. Around 1,365 hectare of land is to be acquired for the second phase of the greenfield project from six villages - Ranhera, Kureb, Dayanatpur, Karauli Bangar, Mundrah and Birampur - the officials said.

The first phase of the greenfield airport, billed to be India's largest upon completion and costing an estimated Rs 29,560 crore, is under development in the Jewar area of Gautam Buddh Nagar in western Uttar Pradesh, some 75 km off Delhi.

MLA Jewar Dhirendra Singh said, "The consent for land acquisition crossed the 70 per cent mark today and reached nearly 73 per cent."

Singh had been extensively touring the six villages for land owners' consent after several of them denied to give up their assets in lieu of compensation.

In a meeting with farmers in Lucknow, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had on October 14 assured them an increased compensation of Rs 3,400 per sq metre (including the interest amount).

Deputy Collector (Jewar) Abhay Pratap Singh said, "With the consent level crossing the 70 per cent mark, the district administration can send proposal to the government for carrying out formalities under Section 11 of the Land Acquisition Act."

"Once the government's approval comes, survey for land and compensation will begin," Singh said.

According to the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, the consent of at least 70 per cent land owners is required for acquisition.

23/10/22 PTI/

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