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Noida farmers want more, to move SC

india Updated: Oct 23, 2011 01:18 IST
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The Allahabad high court ruling on compensation for land acquisition has not pleased many farmers in Greater Noida and Noida Extension.

On Saturday, the farmers held a mahapanchayat in Milak Lachhi village where they decided they would not "settle for a few hundred rupees" but would move Supreme Court for a better deal.

The high court on Friday had cleared land acquisition in 40-odd villages of Greater Noida, asking the government to give more money and bigger plots to the farmers.

"We want our land back. If we go by the court order, we would get Rs 1,400 per sqm. The market rate is more than Rs 10,000 per sqm," said Roopesh Verma of Kisan Pratirodh Andolan Samiti, a farmers' body.

The high court judgment gave a fresh lease of life to several stalled projects in Noida Extension where about 1 lakh middle-class buyers have booked flats.

"We have full faith in the apex court. It recently quashed the acquisition of 156 hectares of land in village Shahberi despite the fact that more than 6,000 house had been booked there. The land, which had been acquired forcibly, was returned to farmers," said Ranbir Pradhan, convener of the Gramin Panchayat Morcha, a farmers' body.

Farmers said the court, in its judgment, had admitted that the land had been acquired illegally.

"If we go by the Centre's land acquisition (draft) bill, we should have been given at least R3,200 per sqm," said Ajit Daula, a farmer.

On Sunday, another panchayat will be held at Jaganpur village to decide the next course of action.

"The Greater Noida authority was already offering, as part of out-of-court settlement, R1,400 per sqm. So what's the difference? We will fight on," said Dushyant Nagar, a Kisaan Sangharsh Samiti, another farmers' body.

"We have demanded that no land acquisition should take place till the Central land acquisition and rehabilitation bill is passed," said Virendra Dhada, convenor of the Rashtriya Kisaan Union.