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Farmers up the ante as UP seeks land for freight corridor

Uttar Pradesh’s infrastructure and industrial development secretary Sanjay Prasad on Thursday met the farmers of Gulistanpur village in Greater Noida where the Allahabad high court on May 30 last year set aside the acquisition of 170 hectares of land.

india Updated: May 10, 2012 23:12 IST
Darpan Singh

Uttar Pradesh’s infrastructure and industrial development secretary Sanjay Prasad on Thursday met the farmers of Gulistanpur village in Greater Noida where the Allahabad high court on May 30 last year set aside the acquisition of 170 hectares of land.

Gulistanpur is one of the eleven villages where land is to be acquired for a dedicated freight corridor under the Delhi Mumbai industrial corridor (DMIC) project. Farmers said they were ready to part with their land but they would take cash compensation six times greater than the prevailing circle rate. Other villages have also put forward the same demand.

A division bench comprising justices Sunil Ambawani and Kashi Nath Pandey had scrapped the acquisition – done in 2008 for planned industrial development -- as the Greater Noida authority did not hear objections on the ground that the matter was urgent. The authority failed to prove that any industrial work had begun on the land.

The corridor has been projected to cross the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway at village Jhatta, crossing over to Faridabad and then to Tuglakabad station in Delhi.

DMIC comprises two freight corridors – eastern and western. The eastern corridor starting from Punjab will pass through Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and terminate in West Bengal. The western corridor will start from Dadri in Greater Noida and terminate in Mumbai via Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Both corridors meet at Dadri.

Later, the senior state official sat through a presentation made by the Greater Noida authority on the DMIC project. The details will be communicated to the state’s chief secretary Javed Usmani, who is heading a steering committee on the project.

As part of the project, Bodaki railway station in Greater Noida has to be converted into a junction and the area around that will be turned into a multi-modal logistics hub, said a Greater Noida authority official.

A band of 150 kms each on either side of this corridor has been planned for industrial development. A major portion of the corridor will be financed through Japanese and World Bank assistance. About 200 km of about 1,500 km long corridor falls in UP. The corridor will fuel infrastructural growth in the region.