A day after Hindustan Times reported the plight of thousands of farmers hit hard because of the acquisition of 1,000 hectares of land for the construction of a Rs1,700 Formula 1 racing track, top officials on Tuesday reached Dankaur in Greater Noida and expedited processes of rehabilitation benefits, besides initiating development projects in
Meerut commissioner Bhuvnesh Kumar and Yamuna Expressway chief executive officer (CEO) Captain SK Dwivedi launched overhauling of a network of 12-metre-wide outer roads running into six kilometres at Dankaur.
The authority has also taken up setting up an effective drainage system to save the villagers from the woes of water-logging.
To make Assessment
"The commissioner has asked officials to make an assessment regarding projects we need to undertake in Dankaur. Internal development work will be carried by the local development body," the Yamuna Expressway CEO said.
About 5,000 families have been affected because of the acquisition of land for construction of the racing track.
Villagers have been complaining that no family has been allotted development land plots, as promised by the government as part of post-acquisition benefits. Many are yet to be returned the wrongly-acquired abadi land.
Abadi land issue
According to villagers, on an average, 60 families in each village are yet to be returned their abadi land.
"We have carried out the leaseback (returning wrongly acquired abadi land to farmers) exercise in six villages. The government has set up two committees headed by ADM (land acquisition) and district magistrate for allotment of developed plots to those whose land has been acquired," Dwivedi said.
Allotment of developed land plots to farmers can be made only after settlement of abadi land disputes.
India's inaugural grand prix will be held in October this year. The World Motor Sport Council has said the 5.14-km track will have 16 corners. Formula One cars are expected to get an average speed of 210 kmph around the track.
The main straight will allow Formula One drivers to floor the throttle and achieve a maximum speed of 320 kilometre per hour. The average lap-time on this track will be around 1 minute 24 seconds.