More than a month after the Allahabad high court set aside acquisition of 150 hectares of land “forcibly acquired” for housing projects in Noida Extension, hundreds of farmers on Sunday took out a rally to “get their land back”. They shouted slogans like “builders bhagao, kshetra bachao” (make builders leave and save the region).
Farmers have put forward a new demand. They want a 50% business partnership with real estate players in areas not hit by the court order. Besides, they want 25% of their land acquired be developed and returned to them, that too, without any development charges.
The practice has so far been of providing developed plots measuring 6% of the total land acquired with payment of development charges. Noida Extension has close to 40 builders constructing about one lakh units. Bookings for 50,000 have already been done. The development authority has said it will move the Supreme Court against the high court order.
Under the banner of Sanyukta Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, farmers poured out of their houses in cars, jeeps and tractor-trolleys. Some even rode bikes. They assembled at Milk Lachhi village and took out a rally, which passed through 10 villages and ended in a meeting at Jalalpur village.
Samiti convenor Inder Nagar led the rally along with Ranbir Pradhan from Saddulapur, Tej Ram Yadav of Haibatpur, Dinesh Sharma of Milk Lachhi, Bobby Nagar of Roza and Chaman Kumar of Jalapur village.
“We appealed to farmers to file RTI applications, seeking details from the authority about the price at which their land was sold to builders. We also appealed to the farmers of Noida Extension to move the high court, seeking quashing of land acquisition,” said Nagar.