Yamuna Expressway authority to give possession of 1,000 plots in 2009 scheme

  • Vinod Rajput, Hindustan Times, Noida
  • Updated: May 28, 2016 23:11 IST
Allottees have invested more than Rs 2,000 crore in plots along the Yamuna Expressway. (HT Photo)

The Yamuna Expressway industrial development authority (YEIDA) on Saturday said it will offer possession to 1,000 plot allottees out of 21,000 in a 2009 plot scheme by August.

YEIDA failed to deliver possession of plots to 21,000 allottees even seven years after the scheme was launched.

The authority had launched the plot scheme in 2009 at a cost of `4,750 per sqm. The plots range from 300 sqm to 4,000 sqm. The authority had allotted the plots through a draw in 2009-10.

However, it has not been able to hand over possession of these plots to the allottees, who have invested `2,000 crore in the scheme, due to farmers’ protests.

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Many farmers challenged the land acquisition in Allahabad high court and refused to part with their agricultural land. Farmers continue to conduct agricultural activities on their land and the cases are on trial.

Also, the farmers were demanding a hike in compensation by 64% and did not let the authority take possession of the land.

“We have taken possession of 258 hectares in Sector 18 and some parts in Sector 20, two areas where the plot scheme was launched in 2009. We have developed roads, drains and sewage network in blocks A-L. Electricity line will be installed in the next two months. So, we decided to give possession to 1,000 allottees in August,” Arun Vir Singh chief executive officer (CEO) of YEIDA, said.

“We have distributed `260 crore -- hiked 64% land compensation to farmers -- to take possession of land for these blocks from A-L in Sector 18 and block U in Sector 20. Around 60 petitions of farmers are pending in Allahabad high court. If court resolves all disputes, we will offer possession to rest of the allottees,” Singh said.

The 1,000 plots in blocks A-L range from 500 sqm to 2,000 sqm in Sector 18. Block U is located in Sector 20.

“I had invested all my savings in buying a plot in this scheme in 2009 with the hope that I will get possession immediately. But sadly, even after 7 years, the authority is not clear when it will give possession to all allottees. This means officials committed criminal offence by launching a plot scheme on disputed land (of farmers),” Varun Jain, an allottee, said.

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