Farmers at Dadri in Greater Noida have threatened to disrupt a national highway project.
They are not ready to part with their land needed to build a bypass for the 405-km-long NH-91, which branches out from NH-24 in Ghaziabad and goes up to Kanpur.
Despite the highway being a public good project, farmers want rehabilitation benefits as announced in the real estate hub of Noida Extension.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is widening a 116-km stretch of NH-91 from Gautam Budh Nagar to Aliragh on a PPP model at the cost of R1,750 crore. The developer will bear the cost and charge toll till 2032.
Because of populated areas coming in the way of widening, the NHAI is building six bypass roads in as many towns, including Dadri.
Officials admit if there is a problem at Dadri, the entire highway project will be affected. On Tuesday, farmers created ruckus at the Collectorate, submitted a memorandum to the district magistrate and sought a public hearing. Farmers alleged their ‘abadi’ land was being acquired in the name of farmland.
The Dadri bypass will be 8.15-km long and have four lanes. The project has to be completed by August 2013. The construction company has begun the process of road building.
The district administration started the process of acquisition of 480 hectares of land in 17 villages last year.
Some farmers took compensation. But after the Bhatta anti-land acquisition agitation, farmers in Dadri are up in arms, seeking greater price for their land.
“Since the area falls under Greater Noida, the authority should acquire land and give it to the NHAI,” said farmer leader Roopesh Verma.