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In a first, Homebuyers & farmers join hands to rescue Noida Extn

india Updated: Jun 20, 2012 23:11 IST
Darpan Singh
Darpan Singh
Hindustan Times
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Two warring factions – homebuyers and farmers – in the Noida Extension land imbroglio have joined hands for an early approval of the Greater Noida’s master plan-2021.

The construction work at the proposed reality hub has remained halted for eight months now due to non-clearance of the plan by the NCR Planning Board (NCRPB). About 2.5 lakh flats are planned and one lakh of them are already booked in Noida Extension.

At a meeting held on Wednesday, Noida Extension Flat Owners and Members Association (Nefoma) and Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, an umbrella body of farmers seeking more compensation for their land, pledged support for each other.

The Allahabad high court on October 21 last year ruled land would remain with builders and farmers would get increased benefits. But the court also said construction would not resume till the planning board approved the plan. The NCRPB has postponed several meeting and the master plan remains unapproved, giving tensions to buyers.

But farmers have also been troubled. Because projects are stuck and there are no fresh bookings, builders cannot fund the authority thousands of crores of rupees needed for hiked cash relief to farmers as ordered by the court.

Since all construction activities are halted, farmland cannot be developed by putting in place facilities such as roads, sewer lines, drinking water and power supply. This has halted allotment of share of developed land to farmers as ordered by the court.

“The whole Noida Extension area has been disturbed. Both buyers and farmers have been ignored by the authority. We will form a common strategy and hold a joint press conference on June 23,” said Teekam Yadav of Patwari village after the meeting. Rami Pradhan of Patwari and several other farmers echoed the similar view.

“For the last one year we have been paying rentals and bank EMIs without any construction taking place. Farmers are also suffering. Now, we’ll fight together,” said Abhishek Kumar of Nefoma.

But there is another faction of farmers which differs. “Farmers standing with buyers are those who have accepted the high court formula. We don’t want hiked cash. Nor do we want share in developed land. We have already moved the Supreme Court seeking our land back. So we’re not bothered about the master plan’s approval,” said farmer leader Dushyant Nagar. “Land acquired for industrial development cannot be used for realty projects,” he said.

What next:

Despite Wednesday’s ‘show of solidarity’, farmers of several villages have moved the Supreme Court to seek their land back. The issue of master plan approval will remain relevant only when the apex court does not set aside land takeover and land remains with builders.

Why even farmers want master plan approval:

Projects are stuck and there are no fresh bookings. Builders cannot fund hiked cash relief to farmers. All construction activities are halted. Farmland cannot be developed. This has halted allotment of share of developed land to farmers.In a first, Homebuyers & farmers join hands to rescue Noida Extn

Darpan Singh

htreporters@hindustantimes.com

Noida: Two warring factions – homebuyers and farmers – in the Noida Extension land imbroglio have joined hands for an early approval of the Greater Noida’s master plan-2021.

The construction work at the proposed reality hub has remained halted for eight months now due to non-clearance of the plan by the NCR Planning Board (NCRPB). About 2.5 lakh flats are planned and one lakh of them are already booked in Noida Extension.

At a meeting held on Wednesday, Noida Extension Flat Owners and Members Association (Nefoma) and Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, an umbrella body of farmers seeking more compensation for their land, pledged support for each other.

The Allahabad high court on October 21 last year ruled land would remain with builders and farmers would get increased benefits. But the court also said construction would not resume till the planning board approved the plan. The NCRPB has postponed several meeting and the master plan remains unapproved, giving tensions to buyers.

But farmers have also been troubled. Because projects are stuck and there are no fresh bookings, builders cannot fund the authority thousands of crores of rupees needed for hiked cash relief to farmers as ordered by the court.

Since all construction activities are halted, farmland cannot be developed by putting in place facilities such as roads, sewer lines, drinking water and power supply. This has halted allotment of share of developed land to farmers as ordered by the court.

“The whole Noida Extension area has been disturbed. Both buyers and farmers have been ignored by the authority. We will form a common strategy and hold a joint press conference on June 23,” said Teekam Yadav of Patwari village after the meeting. Rami Pradhan of Patwari and several other farmers echoed the similar view.

“For the last one year we have been paying rentals and bank EMIs without any construction taking place. Farmers are also suffering. Now, we’ll fight together,” said Abhishek Kumar of Nefoma.

But there is another faction of farmers which differs. “Farmers standing with buyers are those who have accepted the high court formula. We don’t want hiked cash. Nor do we want share in developed land. We have already moved the Supreme Court seeking our land back. So we’re not bothered about the master plan’s approval,” said farmer leader Dushyant Nagar. “Land acquired for industrial development cannot be used for realty projects,” he said.

What next:

Despite Wednesday’s ‘show of solidarity’, farmers of several villages have moved the Supreme Court to seek their land back. The issue of master plan approval will remain relevant only when the apex court does not set aside land takeover and land remains with builders.

Why even farmers want master plan approval:

Projects are stuck and there are no fresh bookings. Builders cannot fund hiked cash relief to farmers. All construction activities are halted. Farmland cannot be developed. This has halted allotment of share of developed land to farmers.