Agitating farmers on Wednesday blocked construction work, at several points, on Yamuna expressway coming up from Greater Noida to Agra.
Hundreds of farmers have been agitating at Bhatta Parsaul in Greater Noida protesting land acquisition policies and seeking greater compensation for the land acquired for the toll road as well as related development projects.
Farmers of Tappal in Aligarh came out in support of those in Bhatta Parsaul and blocked the construction work from Jevar in Greater Noida to Tappal. Farmers have said they had given the administration a two-day deadline to meet their demands.
"In case the administration does not respond, we will chalk out a fresh strategy," farmer leaders said. Despite intervention from Rapid Action Force and Provincial Armed Constabulary jawans, the construction work could not be resumed.
The construction company is taking precautions to prevent its equipment from arson.
The DM and the SSP of Gautam Buddh Nagar district also visited the affected pockets but work could not resume.
The Yamuna Expressway is intended to connect New Delhi with Agra — a distance of 126 miles. But problems erupted last August after farmers blocked work, complaining that their land compensation was far lower than that paid to farmers in Noida.
Meanwhile, Bhatta Parsaul continues to be tense two days day after farmers were injured in a clash with police.
Farmers, who have so far held hostage and released three government officers, have made it clear that they would continue with the agitation, till their demands were met. They are seeking support from various farmer organisations in western Uttar Pradesh to put pressure on the government.
The DM said, "We have assured the protesting farmers that the administration is open to discussing issues which can be redressed at the district level. But violence will not be tolerated."