After weeks of sporadic threats, farmers in Noida have finally terminated the agreement they had signed with the authority on July 30. As per the pact, the farmers had agreed not to stall any real estate project in the city.
Hundreds of farmers on Sunday held a panchayat at Hoshiyarpur and launched an agitation, bracing for demonstrations and fasts. In a setback to builders and buyers, farmers said they would stall all under-construction projects from September 21 and gherao the authority office.
Accusing the authority of having failed to honour the deal, farmers burnt the lists, released by the authority. The lists contained details of rehabilitation benefits announced for several villages.
Farmer leader Ashok Chaudhary said, “Even 50 days after the agreement, the authority is taking farmers for a ride. Our abadi land has not been regularised. The promised developed plots are elusive, too.” Farmers said the authority had claimed to have made changes in the abadi land regulations, promising all abadi areas developed till date would be kept off the acquisition process, but that was not happening.
“The authority has released a list of 13 villages, where it claimed to have regularised abadi land to allow allotment of developed land. But only a small part of abadi land has been taken into consideration,” said Lele Pradhan, a farmer leader. “If the authority is willing to leave all abadi land to us as it exists, why is it carrying out surveys? It’s an eyewash,” said farmers.
The authority said it would allow the possession of abadi land not measuring more than 450 sqm per adult member in a family. This, too, has enraged farmers. “Our abadi land must be ours, irrespective of the number of adults in a family. Where will our children live when they grow up? We cannot be fooled this time around,” said Naresh Yadav, a farmer.
Farmers of 12 villages started protesting on July 20, seeking their abadi land be left as it exits and 5% plots be allotted. Soon, farmers of all 54 villages joined in. Real estate projects are going on in two belts in Noida — areas surrounding Sector 74 (12 villages) and along the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway (24 villages).
Farmers threaten to stop e-way work
Members of the Rashtriya Kisan Union (RKU) said farmers would stop work at the Yamuna Expressway on September 22, if their demand of inter-change at Jewar was not met. The members have been sitting on a dharna at Jewar Tehsil since Thursday.
“Today, the members visited villages in Jewar and sought farmers’ support for Yamuna Expressway inter-change in the area. Farmers have backed our September 22 plan of holding a protest at Jaypee office and stopping work at the Yamuna Expressway,” said Virendra Dhada, RKU convener. HTC, Greater Noida