Farmers threaten to block Yamuna Expressway on day of inauguration

A day before the formal inauguration of 165-km Yamuna Expressway,farmers in Jikarpur village of Tappal block in Aligarh district sat on dharna and threatened to block the highway if the government did not meet their demands.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:August 9, 2012 2:15 am

A day before the formal inauguration of 165-km Yamuna Expressway,farmers in Jikarpur village of Tappal block in Aligarh district sat on dharna and threatened to block the highway if the government did not meet their demands.

The farmers demanded that the they should not be charged toll for using the expressway and also that the farmers who have not taken compensation for their land,should get their plots back.

In 2010,clashes between police and farmers had claimed four lives in Jikarpur.

“Government had promised that our demands would be met before formal inauguration of the expressway. After the 2010 clash,senior SP leader Shivpal Yadav had promised that once their government comes to power in the state,land would not be taken by force from the farmers. And where farmers have not taken the compensation,the land would be returned,” Satyendra Pal Singh,farmer leader from Tappal,said.

In Aligrah alone,Samajwadi Party has MLAs on four of the six Assembly seats.

Farmers agitation gained momentum,when Rastriya Lok Dal also extended its support to the farmers calling their demands “genuine”. Sources said Rastriya Lok Dal MP and son of Union Minister Ajit Singh has told partymen that he would raise the issue during the ongoing session of Parliament on Thursday.

“There is no denying the fact that the demands of these farmers are genuine. All the service lanes are not ready and there are large number of farmers,who have not taken the compensation in the land parcels but are still not allowed to plough their fields as their land has been notified by the government. Then,we also support demand of the farmers that the road should be made toll-free for those who have given their land,” Anil Dubey,General Secretary and spokesperson of Rastriya Lok Dal,said.

Yamuna Expressway will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday from Lucknow along with Chairman of Jaypee Group Manoj Gaur.

In view of the inauguration,the Gautam Budh Nagar police have made plans to tighten security in the Greater Noida area. Police said the entry beyond Pari Chowk will be regulated and more traffic police personnel will be deployed.

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