Greater Noida: The Allahabad High Court’s directives on Tuesday gave some breather to the Greater Noida Development Authority (GNIDA) and the builders. It may come as a relief to the builders and the authority, who can try for out-of-court settlement with the farmers, but the situation has turned gruesome for those who have invested in the disputed region.

The investors’ dreams are at the mercy of the authority and the farmers after the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday referred the petitions challenging the land acquisition in Noida and Greater Noida to a larger bench. The Court also gave an option to them to reach an out-of-court settlement by August 12.

With the HC respite for next few days now, the authority can take up the task to salvage Noida Extension.

Remarkably, besides Sahberi most of the villages have already obtained their compensations, hence leaving the option of either settlement with the authority or returning their reparations.

The farmers have also maintained that they do not want to become a hindrance in the development process. But, they are ready for a compromise only on the grounds of proper compensation and a solution on the population issue.

According to the farmer leader Dushyant Kumar, “Authority must not try to impose their self-will on us. We are ready for a compromise with the authority only if we are promised a share in the profits.”

In addition Kumar asked for basic facilities in the villages like electricity, health, education and transport.

Gramin Panchat Morcha’s Coordinator Ranvir Singh Pradhan also echoed the words of Dushyant Kumar by asking the authority to adopt a positive attitude towards the farmers.

JPN/Bureau