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Jewar airport project set for take-off as Uttar Pradesh gets 80% land
ET Realty  |  November 1, 2019

TNN Lucknow

The proposed greenfield Jewar airport in Greater Noida is ready for take-off. About 100 farmers from Jewar handed over their letter of consent for land acquisition for the project to CM Yogi Adityanath here on Wednesday. The farmers' consent has paved way for 80% of land acquisition, which was the minimum requirement for kickstarting the project.


Incidentally, Wednesday was the last day for the state government to get possession of 80% of the land before bidding for the project begins.


The farmers were led by Jewar's BJP MLA Dhirendra Singh. Last year, 70% of farmers had given their consent for land acquisition for Jewar airport. The CM assured the farmers of safeguarding their interest in lieu of the land given for the airport. Yogi said farmers have attained victory for development of the region by giving their land for the airport which would be the largest in the world.


Yogi also criticised the previous SP government for not taking the project forward even though farmers were willing to offer land for it. "When I went to Noida and spoke to the farmers, they appeared to be ready to give their land for the airport," the CM said, adding that the state government will start the land acquisition process within a month.


"The meeting was cordial and farmers were very happy in giving their land for the project. The CM assured the farmers that they would not face any economic crisis once the agricultural land they depend upon is acquired," BJP MLA Dhirendra Singh said.


Singh said that once the project takes off, it would redefine the image of the entire region, including Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna expressway, and bring in investments and jobs to farmers who have parted with their land. "Now all hurdles have been cleared and the state and the central governments can take the project forward," Singh said.