After Noida and Greater Noida, it's now the turn of Yamuna Expressway land row to cause worries among thousands of homebuyers.
Farmers from more than 30 villages, along the Greater Noida-Agra toll road, on Sunday held a mahapanchayat at Atta Gujran village and decided to move the Allahabad high court against land acquisition. They also threatened to stall real estate projects.
Farmers of some villages have already moved court. If the farmers succeed to get a quashing order, the fate of India's first-ever Formula 1 event - work on the racetrack is nearing completion - may also come under threat.
The protesters were from Murshidpur, Rampur, Accheja, Bhatta, Parsaul, Navada, Mehmoodpur and Salarpur villages among others. They said their land was acquired forcibly and they wanted it back.
Richhpal Arya and Ajay Pal Sharma of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) said, "No rehabilitation benefits have been given to farmers. We will also stop work, if the builders go ahead with construction before the matter is settled in court."
"We are not protesting the construction of the expressway. Our protest is against projects like Formula 1 racetrack, Sports City, and residential towers being built by 11 builders," they said.
The villages have formed a 21-member committee to execute the plan of taking more and more cases to court.
"The 11 builders have planned 1 lakh houses. In the initial phase, they are building 20,000 units. Of them, 3,000 have been booked. We are against such constructions," said Arya.
Jaypee has obtained land in return for developing the road link. Other developers include Supertech, 3C's, Earth Infrastructure, Amrapali, Gaursons, Panchsheel and Ajnara.
A total of 21,900 applicants, who were allotted residential plots by the authority about two years ago, will also be affected if the farmers get a quashing order from court.
Besides, a mega township -Yamuna City - proposed on 4,500 acres may also be jeopardised. Some educational institutions fall in the area the farmers are trying to reclaim.
A senior Jaypee official, on condition of anonymity said, "If farmers are moving court, we will go by the law of the land. As for the security of our projects, it's the responsibility of the administration."
The official, however, hoped that farmers at some stage would realise that the racing track would promote tourism and generate employment, which would ultimately benefit the local people.