The going for the Noida Authority is going tough by the day. Even as it was struggling to allot developed land plots, besides increased compensation, to the farmers of a handful of villages, farmers from the all 54 Noida villages have made the same demands.
Noida Authority chairman Balvindar Kumar has said developed land plots, part of rehabilitation benefits, will be allotted to farmers, whose land was acquired, at the earliest. He also said no land in Noida would be acquired using the urgency clause of the Land Acquisition Act. "Farmers in Noida are not demanding their land back. They are basically seeking developed land plots, which must be given to them. This will be done within 10-15 days," the chairman said.
The chairman, however, could not assure farmers would be given increased compensation for their land acquired. "I have forwarded their demand to the state government," he said.
Farmers allege land was acquired from them at Rs400 per sqm and sold to builders for Rs10,000 per sqm. The acquisition was principally done for industrial development and, midway, the land use was changed to that of so-called planned development.
"Our objections were not listened to. There are thousands of pending claims of developed plots," farmer leader Naresh Yadav said.
Farmers have made it clear they would be forced to stall work if their demands were not met by August 5.