Noida: In a significant development, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Noida development authority, who is also attending the mahapanchayat of farmers on the land acquisition row, on Monday assured that they will get back 5% of the developed land.
As per reports, CEO Balwinder Kumar said, “Every village, which comes under Noida authority, will have a community centre and the lands owned by farmers in these villages will be regularized.”
The announcement from the Noida development authority came shortly after farmers from 35 villages in this Delhi suburb began their ‘mahapanchayat’ to press for their demand for increased compensation for their land acquired by the Noida development Authority, besides 5% of the developed land.
The ‘mahapanchayat’, which began in Sector 93, is being attended by thousands of farmers not just from Noida but also from Greater Noida, which has been in the eye of a storm over land acquisition.
The agitating farmers have asked the Noida development authority to tender a written assurance that it will return 5% of the developed land to them before July 31, lest they would go ahead with their plans to widen their protest from August 01.
The farmers are also likely to undertake a "padyatra” to create greater awareness against land acquisition later this evening.
On Sunday, famers from over 50 villages, on whose land Noida was built more than three decades ago, held a ‘mahapanchayat’ here.
The ‘mahapanchayat’ was originally called to seek greater compensation and rehabilitation benefits for the land acquired in 10 villages and allotted to more than a dozen builders for construction of residential towers in eight sectors (74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 117, 116 and 113) of Noida.
Farmers demanded a compensation of Rs5,000 per sqm for all land acquired after 2000. They also demanded their abadi land be left as it was. An 11-member committee was set up to pursue litigation in courts.
But with the authority having failed to promise payment of increased compensation and all other villagers also suffering from lack of promised rehabilitation benefits, the canvas of the protest widened.
Farmers met at the sector 74-76 crossing, where a smaller group had been agitating for the last few days, and issued an ultimatum - if the Noida authority did not meet their demands by August 5, they would not let any housing project on.
The panchayat said the authority only understood the language of violence and aggression. Farmers from more than two dozen villages located along the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway have already threatened to stall housing projects coming up along the highway if their demands - similar in nature - were not met by July 31.