Pending farmers’ issues resolved, UP Housing Board’s Mandola housing project to start soon
The farmers during the meeting held at the district headquarters on Thursday condemned the interference by outsiders and gave an assurance to officials that the work on the housing project will not be hampered.Updated: May 18, 2017 22:31 IST
The district administration, officials from the UP Housing & Development Board and farmers from six villages in Loni met on Thursday to resolve the pending issues for Rs 3,000 crore Mandola Vihar Housing Scheme in Loni, near Delhi. The project has faced delay of over six years and only 40% of it is complete at present due to the ongoing farmers’ agitation.
Before the scheduled meeting, district magistrate (DM) Ministhy S on Wednesday imposed prohibitory orders and directed farmers’ leader Manvir Teotia to leave the district.
The farmers during the meeting held at the district headquarters on Thursday condemned the interference by outsiders and gave an assurance to officials that the work on the housing project will not be hampered.
“One of their major demands was to get an enhanced compensation. In this regard, it was made clear that the high court has already dismissed their petitions last year and any relief could come only by moving the Supreme Court. The delegation told DM that nearly 100 of the traditional farmers were left out with the housing board giving them just 6% of the developed land. It was decided that the farmers will provide a list and only the leftover traditional farmers will be provided the developed land,” said Prem Ranjan Singh, joint magistrate.
The farmers raised the issue of playground and a degree college. It was decided that access will be given to the villagers to the playground, which is proposed under the scheme.
“The degree college was declared illegal as it was opened by villagers without any affiliation. The villagers demanded the college at the same place. We agreed that this will be developed and the proposal will be placed before the commissioner (Meerut) for clearance. It was also decided that the development of the project and the development works in villages will go on simultaneously. Most of the demands but one (of increased compensation) was agreed upon and the farmers agreed to allow resumption of work,” Singh said.
There were also issues that the ‘Holika’ and the cremation ground should be developed at the same place where the rituals were done in the past. The administration officials agreed and directed officials to develop the sites and hand them over to farmers.
The land acquisition proceedings for the project started in 1998 after imposition of the emergency clause and land was acquired at the rate of Rs 1,100 per square metre. Officials said a majority of compensation was paid to farmers but pending issues hampered the project.
Overall, the project is designated for construction of 11,000 housing units, including 4000 premium units, in the range of Rs 22 lakh to Rs 40 lakh.
The housing board started the ground work in 2007 and the project was slated to be completed in 15 years. However, with the farmers’ assurance of resumption of work, the project will now see unhindered work on the site.
First Published: May 18, 2017 22:10 IST