Noida: With farmers on warpath over
greater compensation for their acquired land, Noida Chairman
Balwinder Kumar today said it was "practically not possible"
to meet the key demand.
"There is no possibility of increase in compensation
for land which has already been taken. If authority gives the
hike to one village then the others too will demand. There
will be no acceptable cut off date for such a hike. This is
practically not possible," Kumar said after meeting farmers in
Shahdra village at Sector 41.
He, however, assured them that he will convey their
demand to the state government.
"If the state government hikes the compensation from
back date, we will implement the order," he said.
Giving in to demands of agitating farmers whose land
has been acquired, Noida Authority had yesterday promised to
give them five per cent of the developed plots from next week
and regularise `abadi` or populated sections.
Continuing his drive to pacify Noida villagers, Kumar,
who was accompanied by Deputy CEO N P Singh, assured the
farmers that there would be prompt grievance redressal.
The farmers raised the `abadi` land issue and told
Kumar that several villagers were booked by Authority for
encroachment though it was their `abadi` land. Kumar told them
such cases would be withdrawn.
He promised to provide them allotment letter for 5 per
cent developed land in the next 10 days.
From Shahdara, Kumar went to Wajidpur village in
Sector 135, where similar demands were raised by the farmers.
"We want written assurance and not verbal. Tomorrow
this officer will be transferred and the new officer will
claim he does not know what he had promised," said Hari Singh,
Realty projects in Noida Extension which comes under
the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority, including
in Shahberi and Patwari villages, have come to a halt after
the Allahabad High Court quashed land acquisition there.
The Authority is now facing a flood of litigation
from farmers against land acquisition.