Andal, located in Buwdwan District of West Bengal, is going to be the site of India’s first Airetropolis. This will be a private airport city. The total cost of the project will be about 5 billion dollars and based on 3500 acres of land. The city will be owned by the Singapore’s Changi International Airport, and constructed by Bengal Airetropolis Project Limited.
Notice for the project was served according to Section 4(1) from the Burdwan Collector’s Office. Various newspapers printed the notice between December 11-21, 2008. In the first phase, initiative was taken for the acquisition of 2362.84 acres of land, and the notice called on any person associated with the land to come forward and raise objections. There are claims that the notice wasn’t circulated or published through the Panchayats in the villages. As a result, many people do not know about the notice.
More than 250 share croppers of nearby villages stalled work at the Andal airport project site to protest against the delay in getting compensation. The agitators prevented the officials of Bengal Aerotropolis Limited (BAPL) from entering the site.