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Landowners decide not to accept hiked relief

Farmers from around 20 villages of Greater Noida have decided not to accept the hiked compensation for their land acquired by the authority under urgency clause.

india Updated: Oct 15, 2012 16:06 IST
Kapil Datta

Farmers from around 20 villages of Greater Noida have decided not to accept the hiked compensation for their land acquired by the authority under urgency clause.

In a panchayat held at Sirsa village on Sunday, the farmers under the banner of Bhoomi Adhigrahan Pratirodh Andolan said they would pursue the issue in the Supreme Court and get the land acquisition quashed.

Around 50 farmers from Sirsa, Khanpur, Ghangola, Rampur, Thapkhed, Khairpur, Patwari, Saddopur, Kailashpur, Makoda, Nevada, Birondi, Milk lachhi, Roza Jalalpur, Khodna Khurd, Ghodi Bachheda, Maicha, Rithori, Dhada and some other villages attended the panchayat.

“The panchayat unanimously decided to hire advocates and pursue the case in the Supreme Court. Farmers will wait till the Supreme Court’s order in the case,” said Roopesh Verma, spokesperson of the farmers’ body.

“If farmers accept hiked compensation and developed land as per a high court order, this will go against them at the Supreme Court where the high court order has been challenged,” Verma said.

“Farmers have told SC that they do not want hiked compensation. They have demanded quashing of land acquisition as it was acquired under urgency clause for industrial development and used for residential and other purposes,” said Verma.

“We appeal to the authority not to start construction activity till the Supreme Court gives its decision, or else farmers will be forced to disrupt the work,” said Dushyant Nagar, a farmer leader.

Meanwhile, the Greater Noida authority has claimed to have resolved over 400 abadi land cases so far. It has also released R150 crore for distribution to farmers as hiked compensation.

“These resolved cases will be forwarded to a committee formed by the district magistrate and then it will be put forward in the board meeting,” said CK Pandey, ACEO, Greater Noida authority.

“We received R150 crore for distribution to farmers in 39 villages. So far we have disbursed Rs. 70 crore. On Monday we will hold a camp at Asgarpur village where Rs. 20 crore compensation will be disbursed to farmers,” Harish Chandra, additional district magistrate (land & acquisition) told HT on Sunday.

One of the farmers body Kisan Sangarsh Samiti, representative Manveer Bhati, told HT on Sunday ,”Authority committee is holding abadi land resolution meeting daily with farmers since September 20. Around 90 cases of Maicha, 70 cases of Hajipur, 60 cases of Roza,70 cases of Khairpur have been resolved. Beside these cases from seven other villages too have been resolved. Total around 400 cases have been resolved till date.”