Farmers oppose township, e-way projects over land compensation
Unhappy over the land compensation offered to them, farmers in the city on Wednesday protested against the construction of Eastern Peripheral Expressway and Hi-Tech City township projects.india Updated: May 17, 2012 16:38 IST
Unhappy over the land compensation offered to them, farmers in the city on Wednesday protested against the construction of Eastern Peripheral Expressway and Hi-Tech City township projects.
Around 50 farmers hailing from areas surrounding the Eastern Peripheral Expressway site assembled outside district magistrate MKS Sundaram’s office.
Later, another group of farmers from Hi-Tech City area reached the spot. Both the groups — Eastern Peripheral Expressway Sangharsh Samiti and Hi-Tech City Kisan Sangharsh Samiti — wanted to hand over a memorandum citing compensation and other demands to the DM.
Since the DM was busy, Greater Noida city magistrate Anju Lata listened to their problems. She assured them that the memorandum would be forwarded to the state government as soon as possible.
The three demands of farmers protesting the expressway projects are — payment of 64.7% hiked compensation, 10% developed land and regularisation of their abadi land.
In their letter, the samiti farmers alleged land grabbing of gram samaj land by a private builder in connivance with district and authority officials.
“We were promised hiked compensation and residential plots. But the administration has gone back on its words. No village has been development by the builder as promised,” said Jitendra Nagar, a representative of the group.
“Our other demands include development of link roads, an inter-college, a degree college, stadiums, hospitals and parks for villagers,” said Pawan Nagar, another samiti member.
Hi-Tech City Kisan Sangharsh Samiti general secretary Ram Singh Bhatti, president Dhiraj Singh Nagar, convener Tejpal Shastri and patron Teja Gujjar handed over the memorandum to the city magistrate.