Talks between farmers, Gr Noida Authority fail

Last Updated: Friday, August 5, 2011 - 20:58

Greater Noida: Negotiations between Greater
Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) and farmers of
four villages here over the land acquisition controversy
failed to reach a conclusion with villagers demanding that all
the points agreed to be included in a written agreement.

While GNIDA officials and the farmers had reached a
verbal agreement late last night, a dispute arose between them
today over including all the points of assent in a written
document.

Apparently, GNIDA does not want to put the amount to be
paid by builders on a written legal document.

"Our talks failed as the Authority was not putting all
the agreed demands in the written document," said Resh Pal
Yadav, pradhan of Patwari village.

The talks, initiated by Uttar Pradesh Minister Jaiveer
Singh and Gautam Budha Nagar MP Surinder Singh Nagar, were
held between GNIDA officials and pradhans and other
representatives from Patwari, Bisrakh, Haibatpur and Itedha
villages.

"We want to negotiate and settle the issue as we are
also concerned about investors` interests. But the authority
seems to be fooling us and trying to get our signatures on
unapproved documents," a farmer present at the talks said.

However, GNIDA officials said "some progress" had been
made during the talks with the farmers.

They said the Authority now knows the terms on which the
farmers have given their approval but demand for a written
document was the only hitch.

Meanwhile, in Noida, GNIDA Chairman Balvinder Kumar held
a meeting with farmers from Gejha and assured them
development.

The farmers demanded five per cent land on the developed
plots.

However, the Chairman told them that the villages which
were acquired between 1976 to 1997 cannot be given the benefit
of five per cent developed land as this facility was
applicable only for acquisitions made from 1997 onward.

At Badalpur, farmers held a panchayat and decided to move
court. They claimed that while their land was acquired for
development of industries and parks, a helipad was built on
it.

PTI



First Published: Friday, August 5, 2011 - 20:58

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