A day after the state government made it clear that compensation would not be hiked further in Patwari, more and more farmers of the village have started to fall in line.
Now, most farmers are ready to accept the increased compensation of Rs 1,400 per sqm. On Wednesday, a large number of Patwari farmers visited the additional district magistrate’s (land and acquisition) office to take the hiked compensation.
There are more than 1,400 villagers in Patwari.
“Till late Wednesday evening, more than 300 villagers from Patwari have submitted applications to claim the hiked amount. As many as 250 persons have been given cheques. We will accept applications till 11pm,” said ADM (L&A) Harnam Singh.
“A total of 1,400 farmers from Patwari will be given the hiked compensation. The total amount required to be disbursed is Rs 295 crore,” said Singh.
“In the next two days, we expect around 500 more farmers to take the hiked compensation. The rest do not live in the village. They are expected to come in later.”
Reshpal Yadav, village head, Patwari said, “After studying the pact properly, more and more farmers have been coming forward to sign the agreement.”
An out-of-court agreement was signed between a 15-member committee constituted by village head and the Greater Noida authority on Saturday. Officials on Tuesday distributed cheques among 24 farmers.
If the Patwari pact stands, it will save 20,000 under-construction houses in the village. The Allahabad High Court had, on July 19, set aside forcible acquisition of land in the village.