The Yamuna Expressway industrial development authority (YEIDA) on Monday said that the Uttar Pradesh government may soon approve a new policy to address land acquisition disputes.
The move will benefit farmers and property buyers who have been unable to get plots for several years due to land disputes.
“Under the existing policy, if a land acquisition dispute between the authority and farmers is pending in the high court, the authority is forced to seek consent from 80 per cent of the farmers to resolve it and acquire the entire portion. But after the policy change, the authority can acquire a part of the land with 100 per cent consent of the farmers who own that part,” said Amarnath Upadhyay, additional chief executive officer (ACEO), YEIDA.
YEIDA needs to take possession of about 1,500 hectares of land to provide possession to around 21,000 plot allottees, provide industrial land to Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Group, revive several other industrial projects and set up a 400-acre food market. To acquire this land, YEIDA has compensated most farmers along the Yamuna Expressway.
“However, due to pending disputes between farmers and the authority, officials have failed to take possession of this land as 80 per cent of the farmers have not given their consent to settle the cases and accept additional relief package. But with the new policy, the authority will be able to seek consent for the land in parts,” said the ACEO.
YEIDA will now seek the consent of farmers who are willing to give their land for development and target the acquisition of those portions.
“We urgently need land to develop the 400-acre food market. Instead of seeking consent for large portions of land over many villages, we will seek the consent for only 400 acres of land and use the land for the project. The new policy will benefit the farmers who want to give their land for development. It will also benefit investors, corporate houses and property buyers,” said Upadhyay.
YEIDA has notified 2.5 lakh agricultural land along the Yamuna Expressway. This land stretches over six districts -- Gautam Budh Nagar, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Mathura, Hathras and Agra.