Noida: Amid controversies surrounding land acquisition in Noida, some relaxation is expected in the farmers protest for the next few days. Under the ‘Janjagran’ campaign, the farmers after having a discussion in the mahapanchayat on Sunday decided to extend the July 31 deadline to the authority by five more days. The farmers belonging to villages along the Noida Expressway had on Saturday set July 31 as their deadline for meeting their demands.

A mahapanchayat of Noida farmers on Sunday extended by five days their deadline for return of five per cent land developed after acquiring it and threatened to stop construction work on housing projects if the authorities failed to meet their demands.

The farmers of Sector 74 and nearby areas, who are on the war path against "forcible" acquisition of their agricultural land from July 20, have also demanded higher compensation from the government and have threatened to stop work at builders' projects if their demands are not met.

"Our main demand beside hike in land compensation is five per cent of developed land which was not given by the authority yet. We have demanded land compensation at the rate of Rs 10,000 per sq meter. It is negotiable but it will never be less than Rs 7,000," Kisan Sangharsh Samiti’s Dalvir Yadav said.

"But on the government's promise that our demands are being looked into, the panchayat has decided not to stop work at builders' projects till August 5," he added.

Assuring the farmers of resolving their issues, Noida Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Balwinder Kumar also said, "Builders development work was going on at Sector 74 and surrounding areas and along Expressway near Shahdara village. Farmers are protesting at these places.”

He further said that their demand seeking five percent developed land was justified and the matter will be resolved within 10 days.

“Regarding hike in land compensation, we will forward their demand to the state government,” he added.

Farmers raise rhetoric at mahapanchayats

Participating at the mahapanchayat near Sorkha area farmers expressed their anger against the authority and performed ‘Yagna’ to solve the issue.

The farmer leaders who gathered at the Golchakar raised the slogans of injustice against the authority. The senior leaders even asked the fellow farmers to stay united in the fight against builders else their cause will not be able to gain momentum.

“Farmers need to be wary of the brokers who will try to play with our sentiments and break our focus”, Pramod Nagar, who was conducting a panchayat, said.

Investors to approach Allahabad HC

In the farmer-authority fight, investors have paid the price heavily. The burden of doubtful future and heavy EMIs have added to their burden.

Hence, in order to register their protest, the Noida Extension Flat Buyers Welfare Association (NEFBWA), which represents nearly 30,000 affected flat owners in Greater Noida, are gearing up to approach the Allahabad High Court. The HC will admit buyers applications on July 26 to become a party in the cases related to land acquisition.

In two separate orders, the High Court has quashed the acquisition of about 750 hectares of land from farmers by the GNIDA, affecting more than 26,000 flat-owners and about 20 realty projects of developers, including Amrapali and Supertech.

Last week, the High Court had deferred till July 26 its hearing on a petition challenging the acquisition of more than 460 hectare of land in Noida Extension, part of Greater Noida. The court is likely to club other related petitions.

Meanwhile, around 300 contractors assembled at Noida extension and held protests on Saturday under the banner of NEFBWA to raise their concern over the land acquisition issue.

"We want our flats at committed price. We do not want refund of the money," NEFBWA President R P Tyagi said.

Yamnua Expressway CEO shifted

In another development, less than a week after shifting the Chairman of Noida Authority, the Mayawati government on Sunday removed Yamnua Expressway Industrial Development Authority CEO Santosh Kumar Dwiwedi.

He has been replaced by Pratapgarh District Magistrate Pandhari Yadav, an official spokesman said here.

Dwiwedi will now be Additional Commissioner, entertainment tax department.

Noida Authority Chairman Mohinder Singh was removed on Tuesday and replaced by Balvinder Kumar, who was Principal Secretary, Social Welfare Department.

JPN/Bureau/Agencies