GNIDA, builders approach farmers for settlement

Greater Noida Authority (GNIDA) and builders initiated frantic negotiations with farmers, who have challenged acquistion of their land, offering them annuity, cash incentive and other sops.

Greater Noida: With High Court setting
August 12 deadline, Greater Noida Authority (GNIDA) and
builders on Wednesday initiated frantic negotiations with farmers,
who have challenged acquistion of their land, offering them
annuity, cash incentive and other sops.

The Authority held talks with affected farmers and
their leaders and briefed them about the new rehabilitation
policy and benefits, GNIDA officials said.

The Allahabad High Court had yesterday said that the
farmers had an option to reach out-of court settlement by
August 12 after which their petitions will be taken up by a
larger bench.

Beside land compensation under the new scheme, farmers
will get annuity of Rs. 23,000 per acre for 33 years, the
officials said, adding the farmers can also collect one time
payment if they desire.

"The rate would be Rs 2.76 lakh per acre," they said.
A majority of the farmers feel that the land was now
unfit of cultivation but were wary of negotiating with the

Builders whose projects now face an uncertain future,
deputed their agents to contact the farmers. "Builders have
offered Rs 2000 to Rs 3000 per square meter of additional

"However, it the only the Authority which can solve
our abadi land disputes so the farmers want the negotiations
to be held through the body instead of directly with the
builders," said Sukhvinder Bhatti, a farmer.

"We do not want to create hindrance in the
development of the city. We too want development. But our main
concern is that we should get share in profit," said another
farmer Raj Kumar. A majority of farmers in villages other than from
Shaberi have taken land compensation through mutual agreement
which they had spent on marrying their children or buying
luxury cars and building houses. "Now they will prefer the
option of settlement as they cannot refund the money," said
another farmer Tej Singh.

"The matter would be resolved if the Authority takes
into account the farmers` concerns and agrees to part with a
share of profit," said Dushyant Nagar a farmer leader.

Acquisition of more than 3000 hectares of land, spread
across nearly a dozen villages, has been challenged by the
petitioners who have alleged that their land was acquired by
the state government by invoking "urgency clause" which had
deprived them of an opportunity to raise objections as well as
to bargain for a better compensation.

The fate of thousands of people, who have invested in
housing projects in the Noida Extension area, as well as over
a dozen real estate developers also hinges on the court

Meanwhile, Noida Chairman Balwinder Kumar continued
his drive to pacify the farmers. He visited Sadarpur and other
villages and promised to hand over five per cent of developed
land and resolve abadi land issues.


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