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Greater Noida: Yamuna Authority to shift proposed site for residential plots from Bhatta-Parsaul villages

Around 150 hectares of land on which 3,700 plots were proposed, are on the agricultural land of Bhatta-Parsaul village, located off to 165km Yamuna Expressway.

noida Updated: Jan 23, 2018 14:05 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
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Jewar MLA had taken a delegation of farmers to CM Yogi Adityanath seeking his intervention to drop charges against farmers. (HT FILE)

The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority in its 62nd board meeting on Monday decided to shift its ambitious housing scheme proposed on agricultural land of Bhatta-Parsaul village that saw a bloody clash between farmers and the government in 2011, to other areas.

The decision comes after the authority realised the farmers will not part with their ancestral agricultural land. The YEIDA struggles to give possession of 3,700 residential plot to allottees that are stuck in a legal tangle for the last seven years.

The YEIDA had in 2009 launched a 21,000 plot scheme in sectors 18 and 20. Around 150 hectares of land on which 3,700 plots were proposed, are on the agricultural land of Bhatta-Parsaul village, located off to 165km Yamuna Expressway.

Now, YEIDA has told the farmers that since they are not giving their land for the housing development, the authority will not let the farmers use this land other than agriculture.

“We have decided that if the farmers do not want to give land to us for housing scheme then we will ensure that the farmers will use this land only for the purpose of agricultural activities. We will reserve farmers’ land earlier earmarked for housing scheme only for carrying our agricultural activities. We have ample land available in other nearby areas, where we will provide the land for 3,700 residential plots,” said Dr Prabhat Kumar chairman, YEIDA.

Bhatta and Parsaul, the two villages of Gautam Budh Nagar district, were engulfed in sporadic violence in 2011, as the then Bahujan Samaj party cheif Mayawati-led government had allegedly tried to snatch away farmers’ lands for housing development in the area.

At least two farmers and two police personnel were killed and the then district magistrate suffered an injury, during the clashes in 2011.

In 2011, the police had booked 32 farmers for violence against state officials and police personnel under sections 147, 148, 149, 153, 302, 307, 336 and 332 of the IPC.

Recently Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh took a delegation of farmers to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath seeking to drop cases against the farmers.

However, farmers are yet to get any relief from the state government. Angry farmers are hell bent on not parting ways with their land and will not give the same for any development purposes.

During the agitation, Singh was a Congress worker and had attracted national attention after he ferried then Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on his motorcycle to the two villages. After his victory in the last UP assembly polls, farmers are hoping for a favourable outcome.

“The YEIDA is blackmailing innocent farmers through this new decision approved in the board meeting. They want to snatch our land at meagre rates. We do not see any difference in approach towards farmers between BJP government or the earlier governments of SP or BSP that did not do justice with us. Officials want to snatch away our land at cheaper rates and give it to other private players to make commission,” said Virendra Kumar, a farmer of Bhatta village.

First Published: Jan 22, 2018 22:06 IST