Two days after disgruntled farmers disrupted the construction work of several developers in Sector 45 demanding hiked compensation and developed plots, the Noida authority on Tuesday tried to pacify them with a bunch of promises.
“Farmers’ demand of 64 per cent hiked compensation and developed plots will be taken care of on priority,” said Rajesh Prakash, administrative officer (AO), Noida authority.
The authority said that the development of villages would be done on the lines of urban areas. Besides, those areas where farmers have been allotted plots will be provided with basic amenities at the earliest. The authority will first allot 35 plots to Sadarpur village farmers.
The authority has to disburse R1,091 crore among the farmers for hiked compensation as per the Allahabad high court directives.
“We have already released R650 crore to the additional district magistrate (land & acquisition), who will soon start distributing the hiked compensation to farmers. The remaining R441 crore will be released soon,” said Prakash.
Meanwhile, Noida authority chief executive officer (CEO) Sanjeev Saran met with a group of farmers and assured them to fulfil their demands. After the meeting, the CEO sent a team of officials to inspect Sadarpur village and directed them to deal with civic woes that prevails in the village.
However, farmers, who are staging a protest at Sadarpur village in Sector 44, were not amused with mere promises and refused to call off the agitation.
“Our villages are in a pathetic state. The authority has not allotted plots to farmers, whose land was acquired way back in 1976. If the authority does not start the process of allotting plots under post-acquisition rehabilitation policy and begin distributing compensation, we will not stop our protest,” said Mahesh Chauhan, a farmer leader.
On Tuesday, the authority also sent a draft policy on farmers to the Uttar Pradesh government for approval. If the new policy is approved, the authority can award 64 per cent hiked compensation to thousands of farmers, who sold their land to it.
Instead of acquisition, if a farmer sells land to the government, he/she at present is not entitled to receive hiked compensation.
On Sunday, hundreds of farmers had stalled construction work of builders in Sector 45 alleging that the authority failed to implement the high court verdict of October 2011. The verdict has entitled the farmers to 10 per cent developed plots and 64% more compensation for their land acquired.