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Admin begins paying hiked relief in Patwari

While groups of farmers continue to protest the out-of-court agreement reached between a 15-member committee of Patwari and the state government on Saturday, officials have been “super quick” in payment of revised land rates.

india Updated: Aug 10, 2011 00:32 IST
Darpan Singh

While groups of farmers continue to protest the out-of-court agreement reached between a 15-member committee of Patwari and the state government on Saturday, officials have been “super quick” in payment of revised land rates.

Officials on Tuesday distributed cheques among 24 farmers. A total of 14 more farmers have signed the draft agreement. They will get the money on Wednesday. Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) CEO Rama Raman confirmed the payment.

If the Patwari pact stands, it will save 20,000 underconstruction houses in the village. “It takes months for the authority to pay compensation. But in its desperation, it's in a hurry to issue cheques to a select few," said a farmer.

"The task's not easy. Even a handful of disgruntled farmers may challenge the deal in court and mar the prospects of the crisis being resolved," said a senior official.

The authority had, three years ago, acquired 589 hectares of land in Patwari at R850 per sq m. About 15% farmers had not accepted compensation. Now, the compensation has been hiked to R1,400 per sqm. Of R550 hiked, R290 will be borne by builders.

GNIDA will give the increased cash compensation only to those farmers who agree to the deal through affidavits, stating they will withdraw petitions and will never challenge the deal in court.

A total of 19 petitions representing dozens of farmers of the village had been filed in the High Court. Farmers of several other villages have land in Patwari and most of them have refused the deal. The state government has made it clear the compensation will not be hiked, come what may.