About 22,000 houses and Rs 2,000 crore, already invested by way of registration fee and two installments, may just be a part of the cost of the farmer agitation at Bhatta-Parsaul villages in Greater Noida.
The farmers have been agitating against the state's land acquisition policies for the last four months.
The 21,900 applicants, who were allotted residential plots about two years ago by the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority in sector 18 and 20, falling in Bhatta-Parsaul and adjoining villages, are yet to get possession and, more delays are likely.
"Vast chunks of land where dwelling units are to come up continue to be agricultural fields. In the last two months, there has been no development activity," said an official.
A worried allottee, Ajit Singh, said, "I don't know when work will resume and when we will get possession."
"As per the agreement, we cannot even transfer the plots. Because of the agitation and delays, rates are falling rapidly. We feel cheated," said another investor.
"The deadline for giving possession is November 2013; we have some time left. We hope to restart the development work soon," said the official.
The ground reality
The villagers have been mainly protesting against this housing scheme. Their main demands are: 80% of the land's market rate as compensation, half of the acquired land be developed and returned to them and reservation in all residential schemes on the acquired land.
Most of the farmers have been paid compensation for their acquired land (about 99.11 hectares). Only those (69 cases) whose land is disputed are yet to be paid. In Bhatta-Parsaul, 139.76 hectares of land was acquired for the residential scheme. For the Yamuna Expressway, 53 hectares of land from the village was acquired.