The Allahabad high court on Thursday said it would hear the petitions filed by the farmers of Bisrakh, Haibatpur and Ghangola villages in Noida Extension on July 21. The court will hear the petitions from village Rauja on July 20.
Encouraged by a Supreme Court judgment, quashing the acquisition of 156 hectares of land in village Shahberi, these villages have moved court, seeking similar relief. The petitions say land in these was acquired using the urgency clause of Land Acquisition Act — something held illegal by the court and used as a ground to quash the land acquisition in Shahberi. The petitions also say the land use was changed from industrial to residential to suit private builders.
About 600 hectares of land has been acquired from Bisrakh. Unlike Shahberi, where 85% farmers had not accepted compensation, half of the 500 affected families had accepted compensation in Bisrakh. But they are ready to pay it back for their land. About 80% farmers of village Bisrakh have moved court in separate petitions. The court is hearing the matter separately. Farmers in some cases have obtained stay orders from the court.
About 250 hectares of land has been acquired from Haibatpur village, where most farmers had accepted compensation. Now they say they were forced to do so. The outcome of these cases will decide the fate of Noida Extension, where 2,000 acres of land has been acquired from farmers and allotted to builders for construction of luxury houses.
More than 500 hectares of land has been acquired from 5,000 families in village Patwari. Here too, most families have accepted compensation but moved court. The high court has asked officials of the state government, the authority and builders to file their reply. The court would also hear the petitions of village Devla on