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In order to fast-track the work on the much-awaited Greenfield Noida International Airport, the UP Government on Tuesday signed a MoU with Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), Noida and Greater Noida Industrial Development Authorities. The pact will also help in kick-starting the process of land acquisition by YEIDA.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh Civil Aviation Minister Nand Gopal Gupta and other officials of all the three authorities.

According to the officials of state Government, “We are happy to announce that a MoU has been signed between the stakeholders, YEIDA, Greater Noida Authority and UP government to execute the mega airport.”

They further informed that the nodal agency, YEIDA, will start the process of preparing the bid document for selecting of the concessioner and the bidding process is likely to commence by July end this year. So for that, the terms of reference for environmental clearance have also been given by the environment ministry.

After the meeting, state’s Civil Aviation Minister Nand Gopal Gupta said, “The Union Civil Aviation Ministry and the state government are working together continuously under the leadership of Suresh Prabhu to make Jewar a reality.”

Land acquisition: First step starts with meeting

On the other hand, YEIDA and the district administration also met with a section of farmers few days back taking the first step towards land acquisition. A public hearing was done with the farmers of Ranhra village. This was done on the basis of a social impact assessment report prepared by a team from Gautam Buddha University.

Sub-divisional magistrate Prasun Dwivedi, who conducted the public hearings said, “Land had been identified in eight villages, including Mukeempur Shivara, Ranhra, Parohi, Kishorpur, and Dayanatpur. In order to have a smooth process, authorities would abide by provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, 2013.”

He further said that the compensation for land acquired in rural areas will be four times the circle rate. The government has notified the proposed Jewar airport as an urban area.

However, during the meeting, few farmers express their disconcern on categorizing the land as urban and not rural. Some of them even demanded job against their plots.

In a recently concluded meeting between the state government officials, it has been decided that the foundation-laying ceremony of the project would be performed before Diwali this year. Jewar airport is one of the most ambitious projects of both Centre as well as state.

The airport is expected to have services to 68 destinations by the year 2022-23 including both domestic and international. Moreover, it would cover 37 domestic and 31 overseas destinations by 2050.