Centre favours rightful compensation for Noida

Amid the hue and cry over land acquisition in Noida, the Centre on Thursday sought to blame the Mayawati government for the mess and favoured payment of rightful compensation to the aggrieved farmers.

Updated: Jul 21, 2011, 22:59 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid the hue and cry over land
acquisition in Noida, the Centre on Thursday sought to blame the
Mayawati government for the mess and favoured payment of
rightful compensation to the aggrieved farmers.
Government sources felt that the land was acquired from
farmers of villages near Noida on the pretext of
infrastructure and industrial projects and was later diverted
to builders at rates several times more than the acquisition
costs.

The issue was also discussed by a panel of ministers
recently.

The sources said that a view in the government was that
since the land has been rendered unusable for farmers given
the largescale construction in the area, negotiating a better
compensation package was the only way out for the Mayawati
government.
The sources said the farmers were given to believe that
their land would be used for industrial projects that could
create employment opportunities for the people of the region.

A view in the ministerial panel was that the Uttar Pradesh
government has to resolve the issue and order a probe into the
alleged nexus between builders and state government
functionaries.

Recently, the Allahabad High Court struck down acquisition
of hundreds of hectares of land in villages in Greater Noida -
dubbed as Noida Extension by builders - leading to uncertainty
over the fate of several residential projects in the region.

PTI