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Farmers ready to sell land to builders, on their terms

It's all about money. It is highly unlikely, and practically very difficult, that land returned in Shahberi village will be used for agriculture ever again. Darpan Singh reports.

india Updated: Jul 07, 2011 23:47 IST
Darpan Singh

It's all about money. It is highly unlikely, and practically very difficult, that land returned in Shahberi village will be used for agriculture ever again. Farmers in Shahberi and all other villages in Noida Extension have made it clear that they are "not against development". It's just that they want more money for their land.

Itaidha village head Roop Chand said, "Farmers want to sell directly to builders." Farmer Saroj Singh in Shahberi said, "If we are given market rates, we have no problems in selling land directly to builders."

"When land was acquired, we thought the deal would fetch us good money. That's why 90% villagers have claimed compensation. It was a mistake," said Rajpal Singh of Khairpur.

Before the authority notified land for acquisition, farmers used to sell plots at Rs 3,500 per sqm. The area borders with Ghaziabad and builders there are offering Rs 10,000 for one sqm of land. "But the authority offered farmers Rs 850 for one sqm of land. This is highly unfair," Saroj said.

And farmer leaders, who ran the campaign against the authority, are already worried by the trend. "Builders are trying to negotiate with farmers by offering Rs 300 to Rs 500 more for one sqm of land. With this rate, an individual will end up getting Rs 1 crore to Rs 2 crore more. The amount is enough to motivate farmers to go for fresh deals," said farmer leader Manveer Bhati. But even he had a piece of advice. "Farmers should bargain collectively."