Rakesh Tikait Raises Problems of Farmers Affected by Upcoming Noida Airport

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On Thursday, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait attended an event organized by farmers in Jewar, western Uttar Pradesh, and demanded that local authorities provide adequate compensation to the villagers who will be affected by the upcoming Noida International Airport.

The farmer leader also had interactions with officials from Noida Authority and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), government agencies and stakeholders of the Greenfield mega project.

Work is underway for Noida International Airport in Jewar area of ​​Gautam Buddh Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh, about 80 km from Delhi.

”The airport project has affected the people of Jewar. They have been assured compensation in lieu of their acquired land, but we demand that adequate compensation be assured by the local authorities,” Tikait told reporters.

“Several villagers are being rehabilitated, but some issues have arisen regarding the areas and facilities provided to them in their resettlement location. These should also be addressed by civil servants,’ the farmer chief said.

He said there was also a need to provide alternative means to local people whose regular routes have been obstructed due to airport construction works.

Noida Special Duty (Lands) Authority Officer Prasun Dwivedi, who had discussions with Tikait and other prominent farmers during the Kisan Mahapanchayat, said issues related to monetary compensation and land were discussed at the meeting.

“There will be meetings in the coming days to discuss the matter further,” said the PCS officer, who was previously the Jewar Subdivision Magistrate.

According to officials involved in the project, the first phase of Noida International Airport is expected to be completed by September 2024 with one runway and a capacity to handle 1.20 crore passengers per year.

The airport is considered India’s largest when completed. It will extend over 5,000 hectares. The first phase will span 1,300 hectares, according to officials.

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