Farmers in Shahberi have proposed to build a township on their land.
Shahberi was the first village in the proposed realty hub of Noida Extension where a court quashed acquisition. This prompted other villages to seek their land back, giving tensions to thousands of homebuyers.
A group of farmers on Monday submitted to the district magistrate (DM) "a letter of intent and a proposal for development of an integrated township by the village community of Shahberi." The DM has forwarded the letter, which seeks permission and guidance to build the township, to the Greater Noida authority.
Since the Supreme Court in July last year quashed the acquisition of 161.531 hectares, the land has been returned to farmers. Most of the 6,500 buyers who had booked flats have been either relocated or refunded. The village today is a mess with dusty roads and concrete pillars of unfinished apartments greeting visitors.
Farmers say the land is no more viable for agriculture because of depletion of groundwater level and soil damage caused by large-scale construction and digging.
"Villagers have hired a team of researchers from a school of architecture planning to design the integrated township which will have residential, industrial and commercial spaces," said Sajid Hussain, one of the promoters.
"Construction will be carried out as per Greater Noida's master plan and building regulations. It will be an eco-friendly township. Presently we have 80 acres of land which will expand to 100 acres as more members will join us," he said.
"There will be an independent waste water treatment plant and a water conservation system. We will ensure all payments to the authority as per rules and seek necessary clearances from environment, fire and other departments," he said. "As an alternative the proposed township can be developed on public private participation (PPP) model," he said.
A list of 13 plots total measuring 35.136 hectare has been enclosed with the proposal. Farmers who are part of this plan include Sajid Hussain, Zile Singh Rambir Singh, Intesaab Hussain, Farhat Ali, Shakila Begum,Shugan Pal, Davender Singh, Varun and Jagbir Singh. They have also submitted a conceptual note of architect Snehanshu Mukherjee.
Elsewhere in Noida Extn
The Greater Noida authority acquired 3,635 hectares of land for Noida Extension in about a dozen villages. Only 161.531 hectares of land fell in Shahberi village. Here land has been returned to farmers because of an SC order. For the rest of the villages, where about 2 lakh houses are planned and 1 lakh booked, the high court in October last year ordered increased benefits to farmers. Construction has not commenced because the master plan has not yet been approved by the NCR planning board. Now challengingthe high court order, several villages have moved SC.