In order to accelerate the work of ambitious Greenfield Noida International Airport, the UP government has formed an expert committee to complete the necessary formalities of land acquisition along the Yamuna Expressway.
The expert committee consists of seven-member which includes, two social scientists, two village heads, and other officials. They will take meeting with farmers of the villages where agricultural land needs to be acquired. Once the process will be completed, district administration will start the land acquisition process by June.
As of now, it has been decided that the airport will be developed on around 5,000 hectares of land. In the first phase, YEIDA wants to acquire 1,387 hectares of agricultural land in eight villages (with a budget of around Rs 3,000 crore). Shailendra Bhatia, officer on special duty, YEIDA said in a recent meeting, “We have already deposited ₹330 crore with the district administration. The acquisition will start in June after getting in-principle approval from the ministry of civil aviation.”
An 11 member committee has also been formed by the state government headed by the chief secretary. The committee also includes industrial development commissioner, the YEIDA chairman, and members from the civil aviation department and the central government as well. According to Bhatia, these experts will monitor and expedite the progress of the Jewar airport project.
In an earlier meeting, the UP Government has announced that the proposed international airport in Noida will be developed as a full-fledged aviation hub. With proposed four runways; the International Greenfield airport at Jewar will be ‘India’s biggest’, as touted by the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) officials.