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Talks fail again, CEO faces ‘hostile’ crowds

india Updated: Aug 01, 2011 23:42 IST
Darpan Singh

With 11 days left for the state government to work out an out-of-court settlement with Noida Extension farmers, the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) has expedited talks but without success.

A day after talks between the authority and farmers of Patwari failed on the issue of compensation, because of back-to-back court orders quashing forcible land acquisition, the fate of one lakh houses in Noida Extension hangs in the balance.

GNIDA chief executive officer (CEO) Rama Raman on Monday faced a hostile crowd of farmers, who said if the authority could not hike the compensation, there was no point in holding discussions.

They also accused the authority of trying to divide farmers, by giving rehabilitation and other benefits to a select few, to weaken the movement against land acquisition.

A total of 484 hectares had been acquired in Roza where real estate players had launched about a dozen projects. Booking for 20,000 houses had been done. The court deadline for out-of-court settlement ends on August 12.

Now, all Noida Extension villages will form a committee and talk to the authority collectively.

The talks started normally when farmer Ram Kumar Nagar raised the issue of education and demanded upgradation of a village college. Village head Ajay Nagar raked up the abadi land issue. Noisy scenes were witnessed when farmer leader Inder Nagar demanded market rates for the land acquired.

Ashwini Nagar, a teacher, asked the CEO when he had no powers to hike the compensation, why did he come to the village.

Shyamvir Nagar of Milk Lachhi village, who has land in Roza Yakoobpur, echoed similar sentiments.

Farmer leader Dushyant Nagar said the authority was trying to divide farmers by keeping land of some of the influential farmers out of the acquisition process.

He told the CEO no out-of-court agreement could be reached without hiking the compensation. The authority has repeatedly said it could not affect any hike in the cash relief paid already.

The CEO said four bighas of land belonging to the village head would be regularised and not termed encroachment. This led to heated exchange of words between two groups of farmers.

On Sunday, the authority's talks with Patwari village failed on the issue of increased compensation. The authority wants to reacquire land and pay the farmers under the new acquisition and rehabilitation policy.

The new policy allows the authority to give farmers bigger developed land plots, Rs 200 more per sqm as cash compensation, besides annuity payouts.