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Villages of Yamuna Expressway await high court hearing

india Updated: Oct 31, 2011 23:20 IST
HT Correspondent
Allahabad high court

After deciding the land acquisition cases in Noida and Greater Noida, the Allahabad high court is likely to begin hearing of petitions filed by the farmers of Yamuna Expressway soon.

Many of the 30-odd villages located along the Noida-Agra toll road have moved court, seeking their land back.

Farmers allege that Most of their demands, that include increased cash relief, regularisation of abadi land and allotment of developed land plots, have not been met by the government.

A total of 11 builders have planned one lakh houses in the area. In the initial phase, they are building 20,000 units. Of them, 3,000 have been booked.

A total of 21,900 applicants have been allotted residential plots by the authority. The authority has also reserved 10,000 hectares for a proposed airport in Jevar.

Land from these villages was also acquired for the construction of the Expressway as well the Formula 1 racing track. Besides, a mega township -Yamuna City - has been proposed in 4,500 acres.

Some educational institutions fall in the area the farmers are trying to reclaim.

Farmers have demanded that villages along the Yamuna Expressway, too, should be given a Noida/Greater Noida-like hike in terms of money and developed land.

The Yamuna Expressway authority last month announced a bonus of Rs 35 per sqm to farmers whose land has been acquired.

Farmers have alleged the authority is not doing anything for industries. New units would mean employment opportunities for local people.