The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) is confident that the crisis in Patwari will be resolved soon.
With the Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissing as withdrawn a special leave petition (SLP) filed by a group of Patwari farmers, who challenged the government's move to work out an out-of-court settlement
with farmers, there's relief for 20,000 homebuyers, who have booked flats in projects coming up in Noida Extension's Patwari village.
The dismissal of the SLP and the indications that the Allahabad high court will begin hearing the Noida and Greater Noida land acquisition cases only after two weeks have allowed the government more time to make more and more Patwari farmers fall in line.
And it's not only homebuyers who're breathing a sigh of relief.
Projects such as the Metro line proposed from Noida to Greater Noida via Noida Extension, a Greater Noida-Noida road (130-metre-wide, 28-km-long), a Greater Noida-Ghaziabad road (60-metre-wide, 22-km-long) will also get a new lease of life.
The authority had allotted 3,000 residential plots to people. Plus, there are a number of corporate offices, besides schools and other institutions in the disputed area.
A section of farmers in Patwari, where the state government on August 6 struck a higher compensation deal to revive real estate projects, had moved the Supreme Court against the arrangement. Greater Noida chief executive officer Rama Raman termed the SC order "a positive sign".
A two-judge bench of the high court on July 19 quashed forcible acquisition of 589 hectares of land in Patwari.
But another two-judge bench of the same court, while hearing some remaining petitions from Patwari on July 26, referred the matter to a higher bench for hearing. The court also allowed the contesting parties time till August 12 for a settlement.
"Our contention was when the HC had quashed acquisition in Patwari village, the remaining petitions should have got the same relief. In the name of out-of-court settlements, government officials and its heavy-weight politicians have been putting pressure on farmers," said farmers' lawyer Parminder Bhati.
Farmers also claimed the court's stand on Wednesday as victory for them.
"We thought we might not get back our land. But the court has approved of the July 19 verdict of the high court," said Ranveer Pradhan, a farmer.
"The court has said the July 19 verdict was in favour of farmers and assured if the high court's higher bench ruled against the interest