The anger had been simmering since December 2008. But the sporadic protests did not "bear fruit". The settlement between farmers, the Noida Authority and court verdicts in Noida Extension have now given rise to fresh hopes.
"Farmers are not against the construction of the Yamuna Expressway, which is nearing completion. They are protesting the construction of a racetrack, a sports city and several residential towers being built by key real estate players on prime farmland," said Narendra Nagar, a farmer leader.
"Our abadi land was also acquired. The authority promised to return it, but that has not happened. Besides, farmers have not been given the developed plots," said Radhe Lal, a farmer.
The racetrack is being constructed at Rs 1,700 crore in Dankaur. The farmers have got compensation (Rs 800 per sqm), but many other rehabilitation issues have not been taken care of yet. Around 5,000 families have been affected because of the acquisition of 1,000 hectares of land, which has been allotted to Jaypee Infratech for the construction of the track, 9km from Bhatta-Parsaul in Greater Noida.
The acquisition took place in several villages, including Bhuj Kheda, Atta Gujran, Salarpur, Navrangpur and partly in Dungarpur Reelka and Chapargarh (Mirzapur). Jaypee has repeatedly maintained that all the land required for the development of Formula 1 racetrack has been acquired and mutually agreed compensation paid to farmers
A total of 21,900 applicants, who were allotted residential plots by the Yamuna Expressway Authority about two years ago, are yet to get the possession of their properties. By way of registration fee and two installments, the allottees have already invested about Rs 2,000 crore (half the cost of all the plots). The scheme was launched in Yamuna Expressway's
sectors 18 and 20 in Bhatta-Parsaul and adjoining villages.
This was the first residential scheme brought by the YEIDA after it was formed 10 years ago. This scheme may also be hit, if farmers succeed in their fight against land acquisition.
Mega city plan to be hit too
The proposed Yamuna City -billed one of the biggest townships (4,500 acres) in the country being developed off the Noida-Agra Yamuna Expressway - may also be hit.
The builder, Wave Infratech, was to develop plots and group housing apartments, besides institutional and commercial complexes in sectors 1, 2, 16, 17 and 17B. Approximately, 20 lakh people were likely to get houses under this scheme. But it has stopped installments to the authority. The builder wants to know from the authority when the entire land would be transferred to the former.
The authority was supposed to carry out only external development and build an outer road, linking the proposed township to the Yamuna Expressway. During the launch of the project, officials said the township would change the face of several villages falling under Dankaur, Rabupura, and Jevar.