In a significant step, the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) report for Jewar Airport has been approved by Anup Chandra Pandey, UP chief secretary in a recently held meeting in Lucknow. The SIA team had given a detailed power-point presentation about the airport project, land acquisition, rehabilitation, and resettlement issues. The meeting was also attended by Surya Pal Gangwar, special secretary (civil aviation).
After the meeting, Gangwar said, that the SIA report has now been sent to UP CM Adityanath and civil aviation minister for his approval. In an official letter, he said that the government would soon transfer Rs 1,500 crore in the account of district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar for compensation to farmers whose land is being acquired.
The SIA report which the UP CM will approve is prepared by Gautam Buddha University’s eight faculty members. These members include people from different streams like environmental science, civil engineering, architect, social work, economics etc.
Last month only, 71% of farmers gave their permission for the land acquisition of Jewar Airport. After which the Gautam Budh Nagar administration is now working on the proposal for the same of the proposed Jewar international airport project which will be prepared by this week. According to the authority officials, the UP government is expected to start the acquisition process by the end of October.
Giving more information on the above, BN Singh, district magistrate, Gautam Budh Nagar said, “The chief secretary has approved the SIA report. But let the report be approved by the CM. Once that is done, we will send the proposal. Our preparation for the proposal is at an advanced stage. If the SIA is approved by this week, we will send the proposal within this week only,”
A delegation of 26 farmers led by Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh and YEIDA Chairman Dr. Prabhat Kumar met the chief minister Yogi Adityanath and discussed the airport project last month. The CM had expressed happiness as more than 70% of farmers have happily agreed to give their land for the airport project.
The UP Govt is also in talks with industrialist and other companies to provide employment to the affected farmer and their families. The UP Govt has also announced to invite bids for the appointment of the developer for the Jewar Airport in the month of November. The State Govt is preparing the bid document in consultation with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).