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Farmers protest against Noida authority over demolition of building in Gejha

The authority demolished the structure claiming that the land was meant for commercial purpose.

noida Updated: Sep 21, 2017 22:00 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
Bharatiya Kisan Union,Noida authority,Gejha village.
Farmers protested against the Noida authority in Noida.(Sunil Ghosh/HT photo)

Farmers led by Bharatiya Kisan Union leaders on Wednesday staged a protest against the Noida authority in Sector 6 over demolition of a farmer’s building in Gejha village.

Farmers have been protesting since September 5, following the demolition of a structure on 20,000 square meters commercial land located in Gejha village next to Sector 105.

The authority demolished the structure claiming that the land was meant for commercial purpose. However, farmer Davendra Tyagi said, “The Noida authority has not allotted residential plots against our agricultural land, which was acquired for the development. Therefore we constructed building on this land,” said Tyagi.

Since then, farmers have been staging protests against the authority.

Political leaders from the Samajwadi Party, the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party have also started supporting the farmers’ agitation. Farmers said that they will continue their protest until the Noida authority chief executive officer comes to give assurances that it will not demolish farmers’ houses and other structures arbitrarily.

“The state and the central government had decided to develop Noida on our agricultural land with a promise that our children will get jobs in the industries to be set up on our agricultural land. We were given a promise that industries will be set up on our land. But the authority took hefty commission and alloted the industrial land to builders for housing thereby cheating us. We will continue our protest until the authority promises farmers’ interests will not be overlooked,” said Raghuraj Singh, a Congress leader at the protest.

Farmers are also upset because the authority does not allow them to build houses on their Abadi land without approvals and the state government abolished panchayats in villages.

In 2015, the Samajwadi Party government had invoked Section 12A of the Industrial Act to invalidate panchayat elections in the villages of Gautam Budh Nagar. According to Section 12 A, holding panchayat election is not necessary for industrial towns. As a result, villages do not get funds from the state government any more for development and maintenance of civic facilities.

“Villages have been ruined in the name of development. The Noida authority is violating national capital region planning board act-1985 norms and is involved in arbitrary land use changes. Why the authority is harassing farmers when it has acquired 20,000 hectares of agricultural land flouting norms,” said Singh.

The Noida authority, however, said that farmers are protesting for a ‘wrong’ reason.

“We demolished structure of the farmer as per law. The authority will address farmers’ genuine demands and talk to them,” said RK Mishra, additional chief executive officer of the Noida authority.

First Published: Sep 21, 2017 22:00 IST