Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh government has decided
to revive the Tappal township project in Aligarh district as a
part of Yamuna Expressway, after it was scrapped following
recent violent protests by the farmers.
"On the request and in the interest of Tappal farmers
Chief Minister Mayawati has decided to revive the township
project in the area," Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh
told reporters here today.
He said the decision was taken after a 60-member
delegation of farmers had a detailed discussion with the
Additional Cabinet Secretary Netram yesterday. The township
project in Tappal was scrapped on September 3, following
violent protests by the farmers.
Four persons, including a Provincial Armed Constabulary
commander, were killed during clashes between police and
farmers over acquisition of nearly 500 hectare for a township
"Since, the 1250 acre township project was scrapped, the
farmers were continuously demanding that it should be
restored," Singh said, adding nearly 500 farmers submitted
affidavits in support of their demand.
The Cabinet Secretary said the Chief Minister also
approved farmers` demand that they should be covered under the
new rehabilitation policy.
"Under the new policy only those projects which were
announced after September 3 are to be covered, but considering
the demand of the farmers the CM agreed to it," he said.