With the Allahabad high court giving the Uttar Pradesh government and agitating farmers 18 days’ time to work out an out-of-court settlement, there is fresh hope among Noida Extension homebuyers.
“The verdict is certainly a relief,” said Naresh Mehta, who had come here from Ludhiana. But the in-for-a-long-haul feeling stays. Hansraj Singh, who had booked a flat with Amrapali’s Golf Homes, said, “Given the way we have been treated so far, refund or relocation will take time.”
Builders are more optimistic. “The court has given the authority an opportunity to meet farmers’ demands and save 2.5 lakh houses planned in Noida Extension from being scrapped,” said RK Arora of Supertech.
Adding to the “positive” atmosphere are farmers. Following the court order, they said they “did not mind” renegotiating with the authority. But they will do so on two conditions — coercion should not be used for a settlement and officials must meet their demands.
Farmers want “adequate” compensation, developed land plots and restoration of abadi land. They will hold panchayats and chalk out strategies before individuals can get down to dealing with the authority. Dushyant Nagar, spokesperson of Kisan Sangarsh Samiti, said, “We welcome the court’s move. We're now confident we will not get a raw deal. We want market rates for our land. But this is subject to negotiations.”
Ajay Nagar, village head of Bisrakh, where the maximum number of real estate projects is at stake, said, “The court has opened a window for renegotiation. We will talk to the authority on our own terms.”
Ranveer Singh, a farmer of village Roza Yakoobpur, said, “The authority has to come to us with a good proposal. The money part we can always negotiate. But the current rate of compensation has to be increased substantially.” Vijay in Haibatpur said, “We have been fighting for our rights. We're game if the authority is turning considerate.”
Farmer leader Roopesh Verma said, “We will launch an awareness drive before the renegotiations take place.” Roop Chand, village head of Itaidha, said, “Farmers want to sell their land. It’s no longer fit for cultivation.”