Disgruntled farmers and homebuyers on Saturday threatened to disrupt traffic between Noida and Delhi via Noida Extension, if the Greater Noida's master plan was not approved by the NCR Planning Board (NCRPB) by July 10.
At a joint press conference, Noida Extension Flat Owners and Members Association (Nefoma) and Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (KSS), an umbrella body of farmers seeking more compensation for their land, pledged support for each other and said, "We would petition the NCRPB in Delhi for plan approval on June 26."
"We're not afraid to take recourse to violence. When houses can't be built, we won't let the Noida Extension area be used for other purposes," said Abhishek Kumar of Nefoma. Tikam Singh of KSS echoed similar sentiments. Peaceful protests by Nefoma in the past have failed to move the planning board.
The construction work at the proposed reality hub has remained halted for eight months now due to non-clearance of the board. About 2.5 lakh flats are planned and one lakh of them are already booked in Noida Extension.
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 tension 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.
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.