Noida Authority approves release of Rs 1,069.50 crores for Jewar Airport

The Noida Authority has given an in-principle approval for releasing Rs 1,069.50 crores, towards land acquisition and providing compensation to farmers, for the construction of the Noida International Greenfield Airport at Jewar

Update on March 4, 2019: The Noida Authority, on March 1, 2019, announced that it will release its share of funding for the upcoming international airport at Jewar, according to an official statement released after its 196th board meeting. “The Authority has given an in-principle approval for releasing funds of Rs 1,069.50 crores, for the construction of Noida International Greenfield Airport at Jewar. The funds will be used for land acquisition and providing compensation to farmers, the lands of whom have been acquired by the Authority, for construction of the airport project,” it said. The Uttar Pradesh government and the Noida Authority will contribute Rs 1,500 crores each as their stake in a company, which has been chosen to supervise the airport project, while the Greater Noida and the Yamuna Expressway authorities will stake Rs 500 crores each as their contribution in the project.

(With inputs from PTI)


PM Modi likely to lay foundation stone for Jewar airport in February 2019: Minister

Prime minister Narendra Modi is likely to lay the foundation stone for the Jewar airport in Gautam Buddh Nagar in February 2019, union minister Mahesh Sharma has said

January 30, 2019: The foundation stone-laying ceremony for the Jewar airport, is likely to be held between February 23 and 25, 2019,” Sharma, the MP from Gautam Buddh Nagar, Mahesh Sharma announced, on January 30, 2019. The proposed airport, the second in the National Capital Region (NCR) after Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, would cost around Rs 15,000 crores to Rs 20,000 crores and is expected to be operational by 2022-23.

See also: Jewar Airport: Gautam Buddh Nagar administration sends land acquisition proposal to UP government

Last week, a metro rail service was launched to connect Noida and Greater Noida and other projects are also underway, including elevated road corridors, Sharma said. “Anybody coming from Meerut can reach the Jewar airport in just 45 minutes. There will not be a single traffic light on the stretch connecting Jewar and Meerut,” Sharma said. Proceedings, for acquisition of around 1,300 hectares of land, for the first phase of the greenfield airport are underway.

(With inputs from PTI)


Jewar Airport: UP government approves Rs 1,260 crores for land acquisition

The Uttar Pradesh government has approved a fund of Rs 1,260 crores, for acquisition of land for the proposed Jewar airport in Gautam Buddh Nagar, according to an official document

November 26, 2018: The Uttar Pradesh government has approved a fund of Rs 1,260 crores, released for acquisition of land in the first phase of airport construction, for the proposed Jewar airport in Gautam Buddh Nagar. The amount is to be spent for land acquisition and payment to the farmers concerned, according to an official document.

“The governor has approved sanction of Rs 1,259 crores, for the acquisition of land for the Jewar Airport in the financial year 2018-19,” special secretary Surya Pal Gangwar wrote, in a letter to the director of state Civil Aviation Ministry. At a meeting held in Lucknow to discuss the progress of the project, on November 14, 2018, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had directed officials of the Noida International Airport Limited and the Gautam Budh Nagar administration, to expedite work on the airport.

(With inputs from PTI)


UP government issues land acquisition notification for Jewar Airport

Clearing the decks for the construction of an airport in Gautam Buddh Nagar’s Jewar, the Uttar Pradesh government has issued a notification, for the acquisition of land for the greenfield project

October 30, 2018: Uttar Pradesh’s civil aviation special secretary, Surya Pal Gangwar, on October 30, 2018, issued the notification for the first phase of acquisition of land for the construction of the Jewar airport. The Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration had, on October 17, 2018, completed the proceedings at its level and sent a proposal to the government for the acquisition of land from six villages in Jewar.

A total of 5,000 hectares of land is to be acquired for the greenfield airport, estimated to cost between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 crores. For the first phase of the airport, 1,334 hectares of land is required. 1,239 hectares of land belonging to farmers from six villages – Rohi, Dayanatpur, Parohi, Kishorpur, Ranhera and Banwariwas – will be acquired by the state government and due compensation will be given to them, officials said. The remaining 94 hectares of land in the region, already belongs to the government.

“Under Sub-section (1) of Section 11 of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, the government of Uttar Pradesh is satisfied that a total 1,239.1416 hectares of land is required in the villages Banwariwas, Dayanatpur Kishorpur, Parohi, Ranhera and Rohi, in Jewar tehsil of district Gautam Buddh Nagar for public purpose, namely, the development of the Noida International Greenfield Airport, Jewar, through the Civil Aviation Department, Uttar Pradesh,” an official letter read. The proposed airport, the second in the National Capital Region (NCR) after Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, is expected to be operational by 2022-23.

See also: Jewar Airport: Gautam Buddh Nagar administration sends land acquisition proposal to UP government

“It is a big development. All stakeholders involved, have worked really hard for this. The administration will continue to ensure that the necessary proceedings hereon, are completed on time and the work on the airport begins as scheduled,” district magistrate Brajesh Narain Singh said. With the notification issued, the district administration will now take up detailed survey on the land and two months’ time would be given to anyone having any objection, with regard to the acquisition, administration officials said.

“The governor is also pleased to authorise the collector, district Gautam Buddh Nagar, for the purpose of land acquisition, to take necessary steps to enter upon, conduct survey of land, take levels of any land, dig or bore into the sub-soil and do all other acts as required, for the proper execution of work as provided and specified under Section 12 of the Act,” the letter stated. It also stated that without prior approval of the district collector, no person shall make any transaction or cause any transaction of land — sale or purchase – specified in the notification or create any encumbrances from the date of notification till land acquisitions are completed.

About 6.2 hectares of land has been earmarked from Banwariwas village, 395 hectares from Dayanatpur, 171.1 hectares from Kishorpur, 108.4 hectares from Parohi, 124.9 hectares from Ranhera and 433.1 hectares from Rohi, the letter detailed. A social impact assessment (SIA) study was carried out for the project by the Gautam Buddh University, which had submitted its recommendations to the state government. The SIA recommendations were approved by the government on October 10, 2018.

According to the SIA report, 5,905 families will be impacted by the project and out of these 5,007 are farmers’ families, while 898 are landless families. During the first phase, 1,775 families are likely to be displaced, it added. Some landowners, including farmers and villagers, had initially resisted the land acquisition, citing various reasons such as ‘inadequate’ compensation amount and related benefits, besides the resettlement policy. Around 72 per cent of the total families had given their consent for the project by mid-October, fulfilling the requisite legalities of at least 70 per cent consent for carrying out any such acquisition under the Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation Act, the administration had said.

(With inputs from PTI)


Jewar Airport: Gautam Buddh Nagar administration sends land acquisition proposal to UP government

Claiming 70 per cent consent from land owners, the authorities in Gautam Buddh Nagar have sent a proposal to the UP government, for the acquisition 1,334 hectares of land for the Jewar International Airport

October 18, 2018: A proposal, for acquisition of 1,334 hectares of land in Jewar for an international airport, has been sent to the Uttar Pradesh government by the Gautam Buddh Nagar administration, officials said, on October 17, 2018. After examining the proposal, the state government would issue a notification under Section 11A of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, for the acquisition of the land, District Magistrate (DM) Brajesh Narain Singh said.

A total of 5,000 hectares of land is to be acquired for the greenfield airport, proposed to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 15,000-20,000 crores. Once built, it will be the second airport in the National Capital Region (NCR), after Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. For the first phase of the project, 1,334 hectares of land is required. As much as 1,239 hectares of land from six villages (Rohi, Dayanatpur, Parohi, Kishorepur, Ranhera and Banwari Baans), which belonged to farmers, would be acquired by the government and due compensation given to them, Singh said. The remaining 95 hectares of land in the region already belonged to the government, he added.

See also: Jewar airport phase-I: Over 90 per cent farmers agree for land acquisition, say officials

“I am happy to announce that the requisite 70 per cent consent from the land owners has been taken for the project. In fact, 72 per cent of them have consented to the land acquisition. All formalities have been completed at the district level and a proposal has been sent to the government,” the DM said. Under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, the consent of at least 70 per cent of land owners is mandatory, for a government to proceed with land acquisition for any such project.

“The next step is that the appropriate government has to express its intent, to acquire the land for public purpose under Section 11A of the Act. So, the collector, in this case the additional district magistrate (land and acquisition), has sent the proposal with our approval to the state government, after fulfilling all formalities. The government will examine it and issue the notification under Section 11A for the land acquisition,” Singh explained.

He said the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) report and Social Impact Management Plan (SIMP) for the affected region, have already been approved by the government. According to the SIA report, 5,905 families will be impacted by the project and out of these, 5,007 are farmers’ families while 898 are landless families. “Around 1,775 families from three villages – Rohi, Dayanatpur and Kishorepur – will likely have to be rehabilitated, due to the project. A total of 4,235 of the families have given their consent for the project, around 72 per cent, which fulfils the requisite legality of at least 70 per cent consent for carrying out any such land acquisition,” the administration said in a statement.

The district administration said when chief minister Yogi Adityanath had visited Gautam Buddh Nagar on August 3, 2018, to talk to the farmers about the project, his instructions were clear to the administration: ‘Get the project negotiated at the earliest and the farmers must be taken into confidence before moving ahead’. “Our team has worked really hard for this and I believe the process has been very fair, transparent and democratic. The proposal has been scrutinised and the farmers have been taken into confidence. A very fair process has been adopted,” the DM said.

Some landowners, including farmers, had initially resisted the land acquisition, citing various reasons such as inadequate compensation amount and related benefits, besides the resettlement policy. The proposed airport is expected to be operational by 2022-23.

(With inputs from PTI)


Jewar airport phase-I: Over 90 per cent farmers agree for land acquisition, say officials

Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh has said that the administration has obtained the farmers’ consent, for acquiring almost 93 per cent of the land required for the development of phase-I of the proposed Jewar airport

September 11, 2018: As many as 307 farmers consented for acquisition of their land on September 10, 2018 – the maximum in a single day so far – for the proposed international airport at Gautam Buddh Nagar district’s Jewar, officials and MLA Dhirendra Singh said. After initial resistance by some farmers, district officials and Jewar MLA Singh, have been making regular visits to the villages where land is to be acquired for the Uttar Pradesh government’s ambitious project. The project’s cost is estimated to be between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 crores.

“On the instructions of district magistrate Brajesh Narayan Singh, the Jewar sub-divisional magistrate, Prasoon Dwivedi and revenue officer (tehsildaar) Vijay Shankar held discussions with the farmers and other locals in the villages.

“So far, 3,076 farmers have agreed for the acquisition of their 1,138 hectares of land for the proposed airport. Today (September 10, 2018), a maximum 307 farmers consented for their 87 hectares of land. This is the most (number of farmers agreeing) in a single day,” a statement from the district information office said.

See also: Jewar Airport project may be scrapped, if farmers do not hand over land: Official

Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh said consent has been given for almost 93 per cent of the land required for the phase-I development of the proposed airport. “If the landless villagers are also included, then, a total of 3,512 villagers have agreed for the proposed greenfield airport, so far,” he said. “Now, with the agreement of 93 per cent villagers, it is almost certain that work for the airport would begin soon, after following due procedures,” the legislator said.

Dhirendra Singh had, on September 9, 2018, met chief minister Yogi Adityanath at the Uttar Pradesh Sadan in New Delhi, where he had apprised him about the resettlement and rehabilitation policy for the villagers who would be impacted by the mega project. “The chief minister said the progress of farmers is a priority for our government. They should be soon rehabilitated with appropriate facilities, which should be done as per a transparent policy,” he quoted Adityanath as saying.

Land from five villages – Rohi, Parohi, Dayanatpur, Ranhera and Kishorpur – is to be acquired during the first phase. In total, 5,000 hectares of land is to be acquired for the greenfield airport, which is likely to become operational by 2022-23, if the land is acquired. Some land owners, including farmers and villagers, initially resisted the land acquisition, citing various reasons such as inadequate compensation amount and related benefits, besides the resettlement policy.

(With inputs from PTI)


Jewar Airport project may be scrapped, if farmers do not hand over land: Official

The Uttar Pradesh government may drop the Jewar International Airport project in Gautam Buddh Nagar on Delhi’s outskirts, if the farmers do not agree to hand over their land, a top official has said

August 17, 2018: The chairman of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) Prabhat Kumar, said that officials met over 100 farmers of six villages in Noida, on August 15, 2018 and tried to clear their doubts regarding the land acquisition for the Jewar International Airport project in Gautam Buddh Nagar. “We met village heads and farmers of six villages, where land was proposed to be acquired for the project. They were given offers, regarding land rates and other benefits. If they (farmers) do not agree, the airport project might be dropped,” he said.

“The farmers were assured that their land will not be procured without their willingness, as per the instructions of chief minister Yogi Adityanath. The farmers will consider our proposal and respond. We hope for the best,” said Kumar, who is also UP’s agriculture production commissioner. Top officials of Gautam Buddh Nagar administration, including district magistrate Brajesh Narayan Singh held discussions with the farmers in Jewar, on August 16, 2018, to negotiate the deal.

As per the offer, farmers would be given Rs 2,300 to Rs 2,500 per sq metre, for the agricultural land that is to be acquired for an international airport in Jewar, along the 165-km Yamuna Expressway. Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh said if the farmers settle for Rs 2,500 per sq metre, the YEIDA would not provide them rehabilitation and other services but if they negotiate the deal at Rs 2,300 per sq metre, the Authority would assist them in rehabilitation.

See also: US companies evince interest in Jewar airport: Minister

“However, the government will take a decision with mutual consent from the farmers. No farmer would be pressured for the land acquisition,” he added. During a visit on August 3, 2018, chief minister Yogi Adityanath had held a meeting with the farmers over the issue. He had then directed the district administration to resolve the concerns of the farmers and submit a report on the land acquisition in eight days.

The state government, in the first phase, wants to acquire 1,441 hectares from eight villages – Rohi, Parohi, Banwaribas, Ramner, Dayanatpur, Kishorpur, Mukimpur Shivara and Ranhera. Of these, three villages will be excluded from the acquisition process as of now, as land from Ramner, Mukimpur Shivara and Banwaribas will not be needed. The government will acquire a total of 5,000 hectares for the project and its estimated budget is Rs 15,000-20,000 crores. As per plans, the airport is expected to become operational by 2022-23. “If farmers agree to the offer, the land will bought by September and immediate payment will be made and the project will be inaugurated in October,” a senior official said.

Conceived in 2001, when Rajnath Singh was the chief minister, the Jewar Airport project has seen several hurdles, mostly owing to a tussle between the central and state governments. The plan was forgotten, after the BJP was voted out of power in Uttar Pradesh.

In the years that followed, the state saw the BSP and SP in the saddle. In 2010, then chief minister Mayawati attempted to revive the project. However, then UPA government at the centre raised objections, saying an airport in Jewar could affect business at IGI Airport in the national capital. When the SP came to power in 2012, it moved a fresh proposal for the airport to be built in Agra. After concerns were raised by the then defence minister over its proximity to the IAF base in Kheria, it was proposed that the project be moved to Firozabad or Saifai.

It was in 2014, when the BJP came to power at the centre that current union minister Mahesh Sharma, elected as MP from the Gautam Buddh Nagar Lok Sabha constituency, said setting up an international airport in Jewar was one of his top priorities.

In 2017, 10 months after the Civil Aviation Ministry asked the government to conduct a fresh techno-economic feasibility and obstacle limitation survey, YEIDA appointed engineering consultancy company RITES for the job. The project was put on fast track, after the BJP won the assembly polls in UP.

(With inputs from Abhinav Pandey, PTI)


US companies evince interest in Jewar airport: Minister

Uttar Pradesh minister Sidhartha Nath Singh, who was on a five-day visit to the US, has said that several US companies have expressed interest in setting up maintenance, repair and overhaul centres at the proposed Jewar international airport

May 10, 2018: Uttar Pradesh health minister Sidhartha Nath Singh, who was on a five-day visit to the US, on May 9, 2018, announced that many US companies have expressed interest in the upcoming international Jewar airport. Speaking to reporters after returning from the US, the minister said, the state is ‘heading towards Global Investor Summit’.

Singh said that various companies, including the Boeing, showed interest in making a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre at Jewar airport. Similarly, VT System evinced interest in having an MRO unit in Meerut.

See also: Centre gives in-principle approval for Jewar airport

He also claimed that US officials said this type of representation of UP had never happened in the past. “This is the first such planned and structured visit of a delegation to the US. The UP government, in the past one year, has already brought in an industrial policy and to support it, we also came up with different sectoral policies for IT, agriculture and MSME,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)


Centre gives in-principle approval for Jewar airport

The centre has accorded its in-principle approval to the Jewar airport, which will be built on a PPP mode, at a cost of approximately Rs 15,754 crores

April 24, 2018: The centre has given an in-principle approval to the proposed greenfield airport near Jewar, in Gautam Buddh Nagar, during a steering committee meeting held in New Delhi. The approval to this effect was given at the meeting on April 23, 2018, attended by principal secretary (civil aviation) SP Goyal and other senior officials, special secretary for civil aviation, Suryapal Gangwar said.

See also: UP to expedite Jewar airport, roll out metro in Agra, Kanpur

The detailed project report and techno-economic feasibility report for the project, have been prepared by Price Waterhouse Coopers. As per the report, acquisition of 1,441 hectares of land in eight villages, is proposed for the airport, which will be built on the PPP mode. The work for the project will be taken up in four phases, at an approximate cost of Rs 15,754 crores, he said.

The airport will have two runways, with a capacity to handle 70 million passengers annually and cargo handling capacity of three million metric tonnes per year. Preliminary work on the project had started in April 2017 and it is because of the coordination between the centre and the state that the in-principle approval has been accorded within one year time, he said. On July 6, 2017, the steering committee had given site clearance to the project, he said. The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority has already been made the nodal agency for this project.

(With inputs from PTI)


Jewar Airport: No significant gains for the property market

Will the government’s in-principle clearance to the Jewar airport in Delhi-NCR, have any meaningful impact on the real estate market in this region, or merely provide developers with an additional tool to market their projects? We examine

Ever since the second airport for Delhi-NCR in Jewar was given an in-principle clearance, developers in the property markets of Noida and even Ghaziabad, have been trying to make the best of it, to overcome the prolonged spell of slowdown in sales. This raises a moot question: Can a domestic airport change the dynamics of the property market, in and around a radius of, say, 100 kms? An airport, no doubt, has the potential to transform the urban landscape of the region, but to assume that the airport alone can change the economy of the region, would be a misplaced presumption. The Jewar airport is no exception to this norm.

RK Arora, CMD of Supertech, welcomes the government’s move to clear the proposal for setting up an airport in Jewar. In the first phase, the government will develop 1,000 hectares of land. “Besides reducing the congestion at the Delhi Airport, the proposed Jewar airport will generate demand in the real estate sector, in Yamuna Expressway and Greater Noida,” says Arora.

Considering that the airport will be developed in phases, it will have little or no impact in the short to medium term. With a long-term outlook of 15 to 20 years, any property market is likely to seem attractive and the areas connecting to Jewar are no exception. However, with the average age of home buyers today being 40 years and above, such an outlook may not make sense, for investing in the region.

Jewar airport status in 2017

The primary reason, why the Jewar airport will not fuel the property market, is the time frame of five years for completion of phase 1 of the project. Such fast-paced execution is quite unrealistic, as there has been no land acquisition for the airport so far and the authorities have only notified the area for the same. Moreover, the acquisition of 3,000 hectares of land that falls into 40-odd villages, is likely to be a tricky affair. Land acquisitions, in the past, have often been entangled in legal disputes that take years to settle. It took 20 years for the Navi Mumbai airport to start the process.

Can the PPP model succeed?

It also remains to be seen, how many bidders would come forward for this public-private partnership (PPP) model. The failure of the Jaypee Group with the Yamuna Expressway, which proved to be a catalyst in their market collapse, is something that will be high on the minds of prospective bidders. These bidders will anyway commission their own feasibility study, rather than relying on the government’s projections of traffic, before making a bid.

See also: How will Delhi’s updated Land Pooling Policy, impact Delhi-NCR’s property market

Impact of the local economy on the property market

The economy of the region may also hinder the immediate success of the airport, as it has no major businesses and multi-national companies remain reluctant to set up their bases in this part. There are many other logistical, as well as law and order issues that need to be tackled simultaneously, in order to make the region an investment haven.

Demand and supply of properties near the Jewar airport

There is also a supply overhang, as the region is sitting on no less than four to five years of inventory. This leaves little scope for any appreciation in the property market, due to the upcoming airport. Moreover, the Delhi Land Pooling Policy is expected to throw open more than 55,000 hectares of land. Therefore, there will be sizeable inventory to address the mass housing segment, at competitive prices. It will also make the locations of Najafgarh, Narela and Bawana have proper Delhi address (instead of Uttar Pradesh) and will have equally good connectivity, if not better, with the already functional Indira Gandhi International Airport.

According to Nikhil Hawelia, managing director of the Hawelia Group, since Greater Noida is more developed, it will have more traction than Yamuna Expressway. “An airport is a long-term project. With the kind of inventory that is available today, the immediate impact may not be that much. However, in the long term, it can be a game changer, provided that industries are also developed in the region,” Hawelia sums up.

Why the property market may not gain much from the Jewar airport

  • Supply far exceeds the demand across Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway.
  • With the Delhi Land Pooling Policy, more housing supply is likely to be added to the pipeline, with Delhi address and closer to the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
  • The five-year time frame for the first phase of the Jewar airport seems unrealistic.
  • Acquisition of 3,000 hectares of land with 40 odd villages, will be a tricky affair.
  • Failure of the Jaypee Group with Yamuna Expressway, will makes bidders for the airport apprehensive.

(The writer is CEO, Track2Realty)

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