By Accommodation Times Bureau
On August 15, 2018, the chairman of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) Prabhat Kumar, said that officials met over 100 farmers of six villages in Noida, and tried to clear their doubts regarding the land acquisition for the Jewar International Airport project in Gautam Buddh Nagar.
Chairman said, We met village heads and farmers of six villages, where land was proposed to be acquired for the project. If they (farmers) do not agree, the airport project might be dropped.
Farmers would be given Rs 2,300 to Rs 2,500 per sq metre, as per the offer, for the agricultural land that is to be acquired for an international airport in Jewar, along with the iconic 165-km Yamuna Expressway. according to an agency.
On August 3, 2018, during a visit, chief minister Yogi Adityanath had held a meeting with the farmers over the issue. He had then directed the district administration to resolve the concerns of the farmers and submit a proper report on the land acquisition in eight days.
The government will in total acquire a land of 5,000 hectares for the project and its estimated budget is Rs 15,000-20,000 crores.
The project was devised in 2001 when Rajnath Singh was the chief minister. The Jewar Airport project has seen several hurdles, mostly owing to a tussle between the central and state governments.