About 80 families stay put in Jewar villages over rehabilitation demands – ET RealEstate

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GREATER NOIDA: Families from six villages affected by the Jewar airport project will assemble at the rehabilitation and resettlement (RnR) site in Jewar Bangar township on Saturday morning to press for their pending demands.

About 450 families still have certain issues that remain unresolved, of which 70 to 80 families are staying put at their native villages without power and water connections. They claim that many benefits under the rehabilitation scheme have not been passed on to them.

These dissenting villagers are, in fact, camping under broken houses, tents or tarpaulin. Most of them are staying in Nagla Shareef Khan and Nagla Ganeshi, with a handful camping in Rohi too. In the absence of electricity, their lives are similar to the ones who stay in refugee camps with bare minimum resources.

Hasan Mohammad, 41, from Nagla Shareef Khan is one such villager.

He claims that benefits due to his son Nasruddin have not been offered under the RnR scheme. Though an adult member of the displaced families is eligible for Rs 5 lakh and a plot, Nasruddin has not got the money or other benefits.

The team constituted to address the grievances of the affected villagers had rejected the claims by dubbing Nasruddin as a minor. Under the RnR scheme and the Land Acquisition Act, benefits can be offered only to adults. To determine the eligibility of adults, authorities kept November 3, 2018, as the cut-off date.

Though Nasruddin’s Aadhaar card shows his date of birth as February 5, 2018, he was not found eligible for the RnR scheme. “He was not present in the village during the first two surveys. He is a bit slow and mostly remains indoors under someone’s watch,” said his father.

Similarly in his early 40s, Shiv Kumar stayed back in Rohi. “My four sons have not been offered RnR benefits and plots. We submitted all the documents to the team of officials that visited our village in July. Some left out children were included but my sons were shown as outsiders by the team,” he said.

Grievances pertaining to RnR scheme benefits of several others from Nagla Shareef Khan, Nagla Ganeshi and Rohi such as Fakruddin, Haseena and Harpal also remain unsolved.

When contacted, sub-divisional magistrate of Jewar, Rajni Kant said, “We are going to visit the RnR site on Saturday morning. We will make a list of families having grievances. Though we have already disposed of the grievances in July, issues that appear genuine will be examined again.”

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YEIDA to launch housing plot scheme near Jewar airport site soon – ET RealEstate

GREATER NOIDA: The Yamuna Expressway Authority plans to launch a residential plot scheme in sectors 17 and 22D near the upcoming international airport at Jewar by October this year.

Officials have been told to locate about 1,000 feasible plots ranging from 120 to 300 sqm in these two sectors.

GNIDA is also preparing to launch a built-up residential housing scheme in sectors Xu 1, 2 and 3 by the middle of this month.

“Work is underway to locate plots for the residential plot scheme in sectors 17 and 22D of the Yamuna Expressway area. Instructions have been given by the CEO to draw up the scheme for launch latest by early next month,” said an official from YEIDA.

GNIDA officials, meanwhile, said that their property department has made all preparations, including the brochure, for the residential housing scheme that is expected to be launched by mid-September.

For this, about 113 built-up buildings as well as plots, which had been left out of allotment earlier, have been identified by the Authority in sectors Xu 1, 2 and 3.

“Some 12 buildings of 200 sqm in Sector Xu 1, 16 buildings of 120 sqm in Sector Xu 2, and 85 plots of 120 sqm in Sector Xu 3 have been identified. The cost of a 120 sqm building will be around Rs 58 lakh while that of a 200 sqm building will be around Rs 82 lakh,” an official said.

“Allotment will be done on a first come first serve basis. Preference will be given to allottees opting to make a lump sum payment. There will also be an option to pay in instalments. The applicant will have to apply by paying 10% of the total cost and only through the online application process,” he added.

While the link to apply for the scheme will be available on the GNIDA website, the successful applicants will have to deposit 20% of the total amount within 60 days from the date of allotment.

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Homes being built at Jewar airport rehabilitation township – ET RealEstate

GREATER NOIDA: More than 100 families from Nagla Ganeshi have started building their houses in the new township developed at Jewar Bangar for families who will shift from the villages that have been acquired for Noida International Airport.

Gautam Budh Nagar district administration and the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) have held several rounds of talks with the villagers and half the residents from the area have started the shifting process. Plots had already been allocated to the families affected by the Jewar airport project.

Delayed because of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown, the deadline for the township with more than 3,000 plots is June 30. “The allotment process is over. Some pockets in the township are ready and people are being asked to start construction work in those areas,” said the officer on special duty, YEIDA, Shailendra Bhatia.

The administration had started the process of plot allocation for 238 families from Nagla Ganeshi in March this year. The former pradhan of the village, Rohtash Thakur, said: “Gradually, the entire population of the village will shift. Of the 238 families here, 110 have already started constructing houses. We have raised some pending issues with the authority. The other villagers will start shifting once officials address those issues.”

He added that those building houses, however, are finding it difficult to get workers and construction material because of the curfew.

“People are demanding a premium to send construction material to the site and getting labourers is also difficult. The villagers will be given at least three months’ time to shift after the entire township gets ready,” Rohtash said. Officials said that only those who have been allocated plots in the complete section of the township are being asked to shift now. “We are giving them adequate time to finish work,” Bhatia said.

The sizes of the plots varies between 50 sqm and 500 sqm and they were allocated according to the size of the original houses of the villagers and open courtyard used to keep cattle, store agricultural tools and animal fodder.

Bhatia added that 3,003 plots are yet to be handed over to the villagers.

Although officials have fenced the airport boundary, unless villagers are shifted out of their homes, work on the project cannot start. “The concessionaire appointed for developing the airport, Yamuna International Airport Private Limited, had already initiated the process of shortlisting contractors. We are under pressure to get the area vacated and hand it over to the officials so that work can start at the earliest,” said an official.

Rohtash added that recently, power supply had been disconnected in a part of Nagla Ganeshi for three days. “We alerted senior officials in Lucknow and told them about the issue. The supply was restored after their intervention,” he said, alleging that it was deliberately done.

Officials at the power department, however, denied the charges. “It must have been a fault in the power transmission system and it was rectified” an official said.

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Uttar Pradesh cabinet approves Rs 2,890 crore for Noida International airport land – ET RealEstate

LUCKNOW: The state cabinet on Tuesday approved of Rs 2,890 crore for acquisition of 1185 hectare land for phases 1 and 2 of Noida International Airport in Jewar.

This includes Rs 163 crore under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

Approval was also given to transfer 36 hectare land out of the total 1,363 hectare for the development of the first two phases, from the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority 36 hectare land transfer to civil aviation department.

The cabinet also promulgated the UP Panchayati Raj Reservation and Allotment of Seats and Offices (Twelfth Amendment) Rules, 2021. The move came a day after the Allahabad high court ruled that the base year for reservations for the upcoming panchayat elections has to be 2015, which will now require the government to completely change the new reservation system it had introduced this year.

The amendment will be applicable from the upcoming elections under which rotation of reservation will be as per the system followed in 2015.

The cabinet also allowed the UP Power Corporation Limited and power distribution companies to take long term transactional loans of up to Rs 7,000 crore. The government will provide guarantee for it. An official said that the funding was required as power companies had suffered huge losses during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020.

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