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Noida Extension farmers form panel

india Updated: Aug 02, 2011 23:59 IST
Kapil Datta
Kapil Datta
Hindustan Times
Vimal Chand Sharma

Confusion continues to cloud the process to work out an out-of-court settlement in Noida Extension. Talks between the authority and farmers have already failed.

Five Noida Extension villages on Tuesday formed a 55-member committee to represent farmers during negotiations with the Greater Noida authority for an out-of-court settlement.

These villages include Itaidha, Bisrakh, Patwari, Haibatpur and Roza Yakoobpur. These villages have also forwarded their charter of demands.

Village head of Roza, Ajay Nagar, said, “There’s good news for the authority as these villages have decided not to seek increased cash compensation. But we’re seeking 10% (of the total land acquired) developed land plots. Another demand is permanent ownership of the wrongly acquired abadi land which is being leased back to us.”

These five villages have also sought “stakes” in the residential projects coming up or planned on their land. No village head agreed to explain what exactly the villages meant by the term “stakes”.

The rest of the six villages have not responded to the authority’s call to come on a common platform for negotiations.
Farmers of 11 Noida Extension villages have moved court, seeking quashing of land acquisition.

Deadline for this ends on August 12. The High Court will hear all related matters on August 17.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, around 50 farmers from village Itaidha and Haibatpur held a meeting with Greater Noida ACEO Vimal Chand Sharma and DCEO Akhilesh Singh at the authority office.

Farmers told the officers that they were ready for negotiations if their abadi land was left out of the acquisition process.

They also asked for developed land plots and development of their villages.