Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav tried to win over farmers while inaugurating the Yamuna Expressway over video-conference link from Lucknow to the actual event held at Greater Noida on Thursday.
"The government will not acquire any land till the farmers give their consent," Yadav said at the inauguration ceremony at his 5-Kalidas Marg residence even as farmers threatened to block the expressway.
"The cases against the farmers of Tappal have already been withdrawn. We will withdraw cases against other farmers as well," he added.
Farmer agitations at Tappal (Aligarh), Ghodi Bachheda and Bhatta-Parsaul (both in Greater Noida) were among a host of reasons that delayed the project planned in 2003.
The CM asked the developers to expedite completion of the service lanes and construct hospital and schools to ensure development of villages along the expressway. He said the road to development should not stop at Agra.
"We will have to take development to Bundelkhand and Poorvanchal regions as well."