In a move to appease farmers in the area,Noida Authority announced an increase in compensation rates on acquisition of land at their board meeting on Monday. Noida Authority officials also increased the ambit of those who will get increased compensation for land acquired previously,apart from widening of the number of farmers eligible to seek 5 per cent developed plots from the Noida Authority. For the past two years,the administration has been beset by protests by farmers with these demands,with several infrastructural projects stymied due to regular agitations.
Noida Authority CEO Rama Raman said: This year we have increased compensation rates for farmers by 20 per cent. While earlier farmers would get Rs 1,295 per square metre acquired by the administration,they will now receive Rs 1,490. The demand for an increase in compensation is one that has existed for a long time,and this will benefit farmers in the region.
Officials also announced increased compensation according to the terms set up by the Allahabad High Court in October 2011. The High Court,adjudicating a petition submitted by farmers of villages in Noida and Greater Noida,who had asked for land acquisition to be rescinded,had only rejected the acquisition in three villages,but had allowed it in 61 others,and had directed the authorities to enhance compensation by 64 per cent.
A senior official said: The increased compensation will now also be given to farmers whose land was acquired between March 2002 and March 2009. This will mean an increased financial burden of Rs 606 crore to be borne by the Authority. Also,we have decided to give 5 per cent developed plots to farmers who failed to apply for plots before the appropriate cut-off date.
During the process of allocation of 5 per cent developed plots,the Authority had announced cut-off dates for farmers,by when they could stake their claim to a developed plot. However,several farmers had complained that they had missed the cut-off dates or did not find their names on the list. With the announcement,farmers can apply afresh for the developed plots, an official said.