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Sunday, Aug 18, 2019

Greater Noida: Land compensation hiked to speed up Eastern Peripheral Expressway

Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate BN Singh finalised the increased compensation for farmers whose land is to be acquired

noida Updated: Jul 18, 2017 23:20 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
22km of the 135km expressway fall in 39 villages of Gautam Budh Nagar district.
22km of the 135km expressway fall in 39 villages of Gautam Budh Nagar district.(HT File Photo)

Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate, BN Singh, on Tuesday finalised land compensation rates for farmers to expedite the 135km Eastern Peripheral Expressway project.

“I have finalised Rs3,640 per square metre (psm) as compensation for farmers of 24 villages whose agricultural land is being used to build the expressway. Apart from this, I have also ordered that Rs5 lakh be given to each family whose land is acquired. I have increased the compensation because we need to expedite work on the e-way, which is a project of national importance,” said Singh.

The 22-km stretch of the 135km expressway falling in Gautam Budh Nagar passes through 39 villages in this district. Farmers from 15 villages had accepted Rs3,500 (psm) compensation and given their land for the project. But farmers from the remaining 24 villages had refused to accept the compensation and filed cases in the district court.

“I have increased the land compensation so that these farmers will accept compensation now and get the same benefits as farmers who got the compensation amount a year ago. If we calculate, those who got money a year ago would have got a 4% interest in saving accounts. It means all farmers will be equally benefited,” said the DM.

The expressway is to pass through Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and parts of Delhi. It is likely to take at least 70,000-80,000 vehicles off Delhi roads.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has roped in Ashoka Buildcon Limited for constructing the 22km stretch falling in the district. A budget of Rs800 crore has been allocated for the stretch.

However, a section of farmers is not happy with the land compensation rate. “We demand a uniform land rate for the whole expressway. In Ghaziabad, some villages got Rs6,300 psm and some Rs5,500 psm. The rate of Rs3,640 psm is not enough too and we hope to get justice from court,” said Teja Gurjar, a farmers’ leader.

First Published: Jul 18, 2017 23:20 IST

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