After the decision was taken that airport will not be constructed on the reserved land, the town planning wing has started the exercise to earmark the area as ‘special area’ in the Master Plan 2025. The notification for the same will be released soon.
Farmers living near Shivdaspura heaved a sigh of relief last year as their land reserved for the airport was freed after 16 years. However, in absence of land use change, the owners were not able to reap the benefit.
An official said, “Once the land use is decided, it will provide a major relief to farmers of 20 villages who were unable to utilise their valuable land. In May 2020, the state government decided to free the reserve land as airport cannot be constructed in the area.”
Local land owners have expressed disappointment as work is moving at a snail’s pace. Ashok Singh, a land owner, said, “We have submitted several memorandum to state government but nothing has been done till date. For the past many years, the district lease committee (DLC) rates of the area have not increased. Earlier in Lok Sabha, civil aviation minister had replied that no airport was proposed in Shivdaspura. Still, the land was kept reserved.”
The ministry of civil aviation turned down the proposal to construct the airport. This was the reason the state government cancelled the scheme for the benefit of people.
“In 2004, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) proposed to acquire land for the airport. A year later, the draft proposal was forwarded to the Urban Development and Housing. Following the announcement, JDA had imposed a ban on land conversion and issuing of lease deeds in Shivdaspura. In 2017, the state government gave a nod to the JDA to acquire 2,094 hectares in 20 villages for the airport. However, as acquiring land requires capital of Rs 4,000 crore, the JDA expressed it helplessness and eyed at Centre’s assistance,” said an official.