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Expway townships may be scrapped

The Uttar Pradesh government is considering a proposal to scrap plans for five model townships along the proposed 165 km Yamuna Expressway connecting Noida to Agra.

india Updated: Sep 03, 2010 00:34 IST
Pradeep Saxena
Pradeep Saxena
Hindustan Times

The Uttar Pradesh government is considering a proposal to scrap plans for five model townships along the proposed 165 km Yamuna Expressway connecting Noida to Agra.

All land acquisition related to the project has come to a halt following a 37-day agitation by farmers in Aligarh and Agra who want compensation at rates given to their Noida counterparts.

Aligarh District Magistrate K. Ravindra Naik has written to the state government recommending the scrapping of the townships.

A highly placed official source in Lucknow told HT that the government is considering Naik’s recommendation. "It is likely to take a decision today," the source added.

Infrastructure major Jaypee Infratech is implementing the project. When asked for comment the general manager of the company P.K. Sahgal told HT: "The DM has sent recommendation to the government for consideration, which will be studied."

He said, "Land acquisition is a matter between the government and the Yamuna Expressway Authority. If the government gives us land the project will be implemented."

While the farmers had been demanding the Noida rate (R880 per sq m), the government had offered R570 and R580 per sq m, respectively, in Aligarh and Agra.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has already announced that farmers’ interests would be protected and that if they did not want to part with their land the government would not forcibly acquire it.

More than 10,000 acres of land spread across five districts – Gautam Buddha Nagar,

Agra, Aligarh, Mathura and Hathras – are needed for the expressway and township projects. The government has already acquired 550 acres of land in Aligarh.

Farmers' action committee chairman Manveer Singh Tewatia told HT that this land should immediately be denotified.

First Published: Sep 03, 2010 00:32 IST