A week after differences cropped up in the farmer leadership over the issue of holding agitations in Greater Noida West (Noida Extension), one group of farmers on Sunday decided to hold talks with the Greater Noida authority to end the deadlock.
At a panchayat held in Ghodi Bachheda village, farmers said they did not want to halt the development process initiated by the authority. “Farmers have decided to hold talks with the chief executive officer on Tuesday. If the talks are fruitful, we will withdraw the protest,” said Manvir Bhati, a farmer leader.
“Now it all depends on the authority. We will be going with an open mind. We all want development, but the authority should not play game with farmers,” said Bhati.
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 Greater Noida Master Plan 2021 was approved on August 9.
“We want our main demands -- hiked payment, developed land and resolution of abadi land issues -- to be fulfilled,” said Bhati.
Greater Noida authority CEO Rama Raman had recently appealed to the farmers to come to negotiation table and resolve disputes through discussion.
Buyers’ body appeals
Meanwhile, Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association (NEFOWA) on Sunday has appealed to its members to start payment of instalments to their developers. “We are not in the favour of any protest. Today the association has appealed to the members to start paying their dues.
Builders have promised us extension in period if flat owners start payment,” said NEFOWA representative Abhishek Kumar.
“There was confusion over zero-period. Builders have promised to pass on the facility to us,” said Kumar.