No Expressway township if farmers don`t give land: UP govt

The Uttar Pradesh government Friday announced that a township under Yamuna Expressway project will not be developed in a village near Aligarh if farmers were not willing to part with their land,

Last Updated: Sep 03, 2010, 19:48 PM IST

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government Friday
announced that a township under Yamuna Expressway project will not be developed in a village near Aligarh if farmers were not
willing to part with their land, but remain non-committal on the demand for higher compensation.

"It is the clear decision of the state government that if
farmers of Tappal, about 45 km from Aligarh, do not want a
township, then it will not be developed there," Cabinet
Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh told reporters here.

Chief Minister Mayawati had made it clear that the
government is against forced acquisition of land, he said.

Four persons, including a Provincial Armed Constabulary
(PAC) commander, were killed during clashes between police and
farmers over acquisition of nearly 500 hectare land for a
township in Tappal on August 13 and 14.

The farmers were demanding higher compensation,
equivalent to the one given to peasants in Noida, against
acquisition of their land for the development of the township.
The UP Cabinet Secretary said that the decision will not
affect other places as land acquisition process had been
completed elsewhere.

The government has resolved the land related problems in
Agra and Aligarh, he claimed, maintaining, "Adequate
compensation has been paid to the farmers and they have agreed
to that."
Though the BSP government on August 17 had offered a hike
in compensation for the land acquired for the township in
Tappal, sharp divisions had emerged on the proposal among the
agitating farmers who decided to continue their stir.

PTI