Greater Noida: Anti-Land Acquisition Committee on Sunday opposed Centre’s move to table the new amended Land Acquisition Bill in the monsoon session. The panel dismissed the Bill calling it biased and of no use to the farmers.

According to the committee, “The government should bring such a bill, which helps farmers to sell and purchase lands at their own prices thus making it easy for them to decide their own rates.”

Several farmers union including Bhartiya Kisan Union, Kisan Sabha and CPI on Sunday discussed the aftermaths of the government’s law acquisition act. They also decided to siege the Parliament on August 3 to protest the Bill.

Proposing several recommendations for the new bill, they said that the government must bring in such a Bill where 90 percent of the land should not be taken without their consent.

Nine villages ready to negotiate with Authority

Even as more farmers are moving court for relief after the Supreme Court quashed acquisition in Sahberi village, residents of nine villages on Sunday said they were ready to negotiate with the Greater Noida Authority on the issue.

At a 'mahapanchayat' (grand assembly) held at Roza Yakoobpur village, the farmers claimed that builders were contacting them individually and offering different packages.

“The panchayat has decided that we will not talk to the builders. We will negotiate only with the Authority," said Dushyant Nagar, a spokesperson for the farmers.

On July 6, the Supreme Court had quashed the acquisition of over 156 hectares of farm land by the Greater Noida Authority.

The court passed the order on a petition filed by the Authority and real estate developers and builders, including Supertech and Amrapali, challenging the Allahabad High Court order which had quashed the notifications for land acquisition in Greater Noida adjoining the national capital.
   
Greater Noida flat owners urge HC to hear their views

Fearing cancellation of land acquired by development authorities in other parts of Noida Extension as well, around one lakh flat owners on Sunday demanded they should be given an opportunity to be heard by the Allahabad High Court when it takes up various petitions filed by the farmers.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had upheld the Allahabad High Court's decision to quash 156 hectares of land in Sahberi village in Noida Extension, a part of Greater Noida, acquired from farmers by the local development authority.

JPN/Bureau