Greater Noida: The Allahabad High Court's decision to extend the hearing of land acquisition case has come as a relief for the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA), which would now continue engaging other farmers in Patwari village of Noida Extension who have still not accepted the compensation agreement.

Hearing the Noida Extension case on July 26, the High Court had suggested the Authority to reach an agreement with the farmers by August 12 and had fixed August 17 as the next date of hearing.

As per the HC directive, the Authority had managed to appease the farmers by hiking compensation for them by Rs 550 per sq metre.

The Authority had submitted the affidavits signed by 530 farmers out of the 1400 in Patwari to the court. While Cheques worth Rs 170 crore were distributed to 950 farmers by Tuesday through amicable agreement with them.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GNIDA, Rama Raman said the agreement process with the farmers of Patwari will continue till next hearing of the HC.

The CEO said one of the farmers Pramod Singh had moved the Supreme Court against the High Court’s July 26 ruling. However, rejecting the plea on Wednesday, the Apex Court asked the farmers to wait till the HC verdict in the case.

(JPN/Bureau)