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Differences crop up within farmers

india Updated: Sep 17, 2012 12:38 IST
Kapil Datta
Kapil Datta
Hindustan Times
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After the approval of Greater Noida Master Plan 2021 by the NCR Planning Board, here is other good news for real estate developers and homebuyers of Greater Noida West (Noida Extension). Serious differences have cropped up in the farmer leadership over the issue of holding agitations against the construction activity in the region.

The development has come as a much-needed respite for the builders as the farmers have been staging protests at the construction site ever since the master plan was approved on August 9.

At a panchayat held on Sunday, farmers could not reach a consensus over the disruption of the construction work in the Greater Noida West area. As a result, the plan to stop building work has been called off.

“The work stoppage plan has been postponed. Some farmers are ready to take the hiked compensation. However, a final decision will be taken at our next meeting,” said a farmer, who attended the panchayat.

Around 100 farmers participated in the panchayat. They were mostly from Bisrakh, Itheda, Khairpur, Saddopur, Kailashpur, Milk Lachhi. As representatives from all the 39 villages of Greater Noida were not present, it was decided to postpone the agitation.

“No consensus could be reached today. Unless farmers from all the 39 villages attend the panchayat, no concrete decision could be taken. We will announce the next date soon,” said Manvir Bhati, a farmer leader.

Even an elder committee of four farmers formed to resolve the differences could not do much. Some farmers wanted to pursue the case at the Supreme Court and till SC order hold agitations and block the construction activity.

Another group of farmers favoured for acceptance of the Allahabad High Court order of hiked relief. They had the opinion that construction activity should not be stopped as it would affect development in the area.

The Greater Noida authority recently appealed to the farmers not to disrupt construction work at the site.
Jewar farmers’ protest

Meanwhile, farmers under the banner of Rashtriya Kisan Union held a protest at Jewar interchange of the Yamuna Expressway, demanding toll-free movement on the speedway. “Besides toll-free movement on the expressway, we want 64.7 per cent hiked compensation,” said Virendra Dhada, convenor, RKU.