The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday revived a controversial township project in Aligarh district that was scrapped following violent protests by farmers in August.
The government also announced that a new relief and rehabilitation package for land acquisition would be applicable to the farmers of Tappal village, 56 km west of Aligarh town, where the township is planned as part of the 182-km Noida-Agra Yamuna Expressway.
Addressing journalists after meeting a farmers’ delegation on Tuesday, state cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh said chief minister Mayawati had ordered the revival of the project “on the demands of farmers”.
The township project was scrapped after three people were killed when the police fired at protesting farmers in August.
“Under the new relief and rehabilitation policy, which was announced on September 3, affected farmers would either get R20,000 per year annuity for 33 years with R600 increment per year per acre, or a one-time payment of R2.4 lakh per acre,” Singh said.
This is in addition to the R570 per sqm Tappal farmers will get for giving their land for the highway and townships projects.
The 1,250-acre township will affect around 2,300 farmers.
In case a housing project comes up on acquired land, an affected farmer would be entitled to a 120-sqm plot there, Singh said. But he ruled out any hike in the R570 per sqm compensation.
However, Chandra Pal Singh, a leader of the protesting farmers, claimed that the farmers who met government officials in Lucknow on Tuesday were “BSP workers with no links with Tappal farmers”.
Deo Dutt, another farmers’ leader, said farmers were not against the township but were demanding compensation of R870 per sqm — at par with that given to their Noida counterparts. He said the struggle for compensation will continue.