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Pre-1997 acquisition: Farmers want plots

india Updated: Aug 02, 2011 00:01 IST
Darpan Singh

Noida authority chairman Balvinder Kumar has said residential plots would be allotted to even those farmers whose land was acquired before 1997.

Despite an agreement between the authority and farmers two days ago, about 4,000 farmers of 11 villages in Noida have refused to relent.

These are the farmers whose land was acquired before 1997. The authority started making allotment of developed land plots, measuring 5% of the total land acquired, after 1997.

These farmers have called a mahapanchayat at Chhalera on Tuesday to press for their demand of 5% plots. And the authority has blinked.

“Before 1997, we used to provide 17.5% reservation to farmers in housing plot allotment schemes irrespective of the size of farmers' land acquired. Now those whose land was acquired before 1997 are also seeking plots measuring 5% of their land acquired. This cannot be done. But we will do something about it.” The chairman said “left-over” plots are being located where these farmers will get allotment. “We’re also mulling allotting flats in apartment buildings to these farmers,” the chairman said.

The authority was formed in 1976 and began acquiring land to set up what is known as Noida today. The farmers who would hold a mahapanchayat on Tuesday are the ones who let their land be acquired for Noida’s establishment. “We have been demanding developed land plots measuring 10% of the total land acquired,” said a farmer leader.