The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) is racing against the time.
Despite Saturday being a holiday, the office of the additional district magistrate (land and acquisition) was functioning, along with the main office, for the Patwari farmers who are ready to take the increased compensation of Rs 1,400 per sqm.
The ADM (L&A) office will remain open on Sunday and Monday too, as the authority wants to give cheques to the farmers before August 17, the date on which the Allahabad high court will hear all acquisition-related matters from Noida Extension.
“Besides the authority office, the L&A office was open today. They will remain open on Sunday and Monday too. Before August 17, the authority wants to hand over cheques to the maximum number of farmers,” said ADM (L&A) Harnam Singh.
“Today being Raksha Bandhan, a few farmers came here to submit their applications. About 300 more farmers are expected in the next two days,” said Singh.
“Around 650 farmers have received their cheques till date,” he added.
“Of the 91 farmers who had filed petitions in the high court, 55 have signed the Patwari pact,” said an authority officer.
Last Saturday, the GNIDA had struck a deal with Patwari village, hiking the compensation from Rs 850 per sqm to Rs 1,400 per sqm.
Of the 1,400-odd farmers, 1,000 are said to have signed the pact and most of them have accepted the increased compensation. Courts have set aside land acquisition in Patwari and Shahberi villages, affecting 26,500 homebuyers.
Other villages have also moved court.
“The problem is with the farmers who have land in Patwari, but live in other villages. They too want abadi land benefit, while GNIDA officials have denied such benefits to them,” said Reshpal Yadav, Patwari village pradhan.