The quashing of acquisition in Noida’s Asdullapur — one of the three villages in Gautam Budh Nagar district where farmers have got back their land — will hit parts of the Dedicated Eastern Freight Corridor, Faridabad-Noida-Ghaziabad (FNG) highway and a farmhouse scheme.
One station of the freight corridor was proposed in village Asdullapur. “Bodaki in Greater Noida is being developed as one of the biggest railway junction-cum-transport hubs. It would be the starting junction of both western and eastern freight corridors. Now, land needs to be acquired afresh for the station,” said a senior official.
The authority had acquired forty hectares of land in the village. Since almost all the farmers had refused to accept compensation in the village, the high court set aside the acquisition. Reacquisition is needed for the FNG project too.
The Noida authority had also allotted 101 farmhouse plots to 86 applicants. Four plots fall in Asdullapur. But the trouble is not limited to four plots alone. As many as 50 plots are located in Dostpur-Mangrauli village. Farmers of this village have also moved court, seeking their land back.
With hearing slated for November 30, they are hopeful of quashing as both villages had same issues and objections to the acquisition. In Dostpur-Mangrauli village, about 54 hectares of land had been acquired using the urgency clause of the land acquisition act.
The authority launched the scheme in January 2009. Those allotted plots can carry out construction only in an area of 1,000 sqm. The rest of the land has to be used for agricultural purposes. The size of plots varied from 10,000 sqm to 400,000 sqm.
The farmhouse scheme is even otherwise mired into controversies. The Local Fund Audit Department of Uttar Pradesh at Allahabad has indicted the Noida authority for causing a loss of Rs 291 crore to the state exchequer because of allotment of farmhouse plots at cheap rates. The audit department has asked why prices were kept so low, for whom it was done and questioned the propriety of the scheme.