The farmers of the three villages of Gautam Budh Nagar where land acquisition was cancelled on Friday are rejoicing. But the higher compensation awarded to the rest by the Allahabad high court has failed to please a majority of farmers.
Some said it was their land they wanted, not a bigger compensation. Others said the price they received for their land was so meagre, even a 64% hike would not bring the amount anywhere close to the market price.
The farmers plan to hold a panchayat on Saturday to discuss the next course of action – to challenge the order in Supreme Court.
Inder Nagar, a farmer leader from village Milak in Greater Noida, said, “The 64% increase is a pittance compared to market rates.”
Another farmer from village Sorkha in Noida, Dalveer Yadav said, “Our land was acquired at a cheap rate. The 64% hike will mean nothing to us.”
Surender Yadav, a farmer of Itaidha in Noida Extension, said, “We’re still hopeful. The court has ordered the state government to commission an inquiry into the acquisition. The court has also ordered that no further construction would take place unless the NCR planning board gives its approval.”
Devla, Yusufpur Chak-Shahberi and Asadullapur villages, however, are in a festive mood. The farmers who had accepted compensation can now return the money to the authorities and reclaim their land.
Leelu and Mukesh of Asadullapur, where acquisition of 40 hectares has been quashed, felt the judgment was a Diwali gift. “The entire acquisition was forcible. Almost all the farmers in the village had refused to accept compensation,” said Mukesh.
Rajendra Nagar of Devla village, where farmers have got back 107 hectares, said, “Justice has prevailed. As many as 75% of our farmers had not accepted the compensation.”
Yusufpur Chak-Shahberi has got back 55 hectares of land. “Almost all the farmers had refused to accept compensation,” said a resident, Tejpal.