The district administration on Thursday compiled the responses it had received from people owning 50 hectares of land in Jewar Bangar village, which is going to be developed into a township for the project-affected families. Officials said nearly 1,400 people across 592 families would have to give up farming and animal husbandry once Jewar Bangar is transformed.
“A number of these 592 families, who would make way for the 3,627 airport-affected families, do not have a permanent house in Jewar Bangar but have been carrying out farming in the area for decades. We have received five objections and suggestions from these families and the same has been considered,” additional district magistrate (land acquisition) Balram Singh told TOI. “We will send our report to the UP government by Saturday with a recommendation to notify Section 19 of Land Acquisition Act,” he added.
Under the section, the Gautam Budh Nagar district administration would ask the government to start the process of acquiring land parcels by awarding two times the circle rate to the verified owners.
A total of 70 chunks have to be taken over in the village to rehabilitate the 3,500 displaced families, officials said.
Sources said that most of the objections received during the feedback collection process pertained to the value of borewell and trees and dispute between families over ownership of land title. Earlier in February, the social impact assessment study report compiled by Gautam Buddha University stated 48.097 hectares of land was the absolute bare minimum requirement for shifting 3,627 airport-affected families.
Prof KS Rao from Lucknow-based Giri Institute of Development Studies, was part of the impact study group. “We did not sense any resentment or anguish among the 592 families from Jewar Bangar. They were ready to give up their land in exchange of the compensation,” he said.
During the survey it was found that almost 40% of the families in Jewar Bangar made less than Rs 5,000 in a month. Among 592 families, some 122 did not own any land and were most vulnerable on account of losing livelihood. Such families would be given priority when Noida International Airport Limited starts giving out jobs or Rs 5 lakh compensation.