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Farmers’ group threatens to block construction in Noida

Noida Authority had sought 10 days to resolve issues,deadline was Oct 1.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Noida |
October 3, 2011 1:15:01 am

After laying low for 10 days over their demands on land acquisition,farmer leaders of the Noida Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (KSS) sat on a one-day fast on Sunday. They also threatened to block construction activity at sites in Noida beginning Monday,if their demand was not met. Noida Authority,meanwhile,has said the issue is still under consideration.

This comes after Noida Authority had asked for 10 days,on September 21,for a resolution to all outstanding issues.

On September 21,KSS and Noida Authority had agreed on issues regarding regularisation of abadi land,including commercial establishment without any tax,handing over of 5 per cent developed plots and the return of land of villages in and around Sorkha village.

Farmer leaders on Sunday said they had received no intimation from Noida Authority about the return of the land of Sorkha and the adjoining villages. They also claimed that farmers have also not been given 5 per cent developed plots,as per agreement.

Naresh Yadav,pradhan of Sorkha village,said,“On September 21,Noida Authority had assured us that within 10 days they will return us our land in Sorkha and six other villages. The Authority has gone back on its word.”

In 1997,802 acres of land from the villages of Sorkha,Zahidabad,Sakahpur,Karkala,Nangla,Bhuta and Sarfabad was acquired by the Authority under the urgency clause. The land was then,under orders by the District Magistrate,handed over to the state government.

Farmers claimed they were not given any compensation for the acquired land.

“In a matter of days,more than 15,000 farmers became landless and didn’t get any compensation. We thought the matter would be resolved,but nothing has been done,” Yadav said.

The farmers said they would block all construction activity in sectors 74 to 79 as well as sectors 112 to 121. “The construction sites here are on our land,” said Sachin Yadav from Zahidabad.

Officials of Noida Authority said the issues of the land in Sorkha and its six villages was under consideration.

“We had not said the land would be returned in 10 days. We had agreed that the land was theirs originally and should either be returned or compensated for. It is a complicated issue since both the ’ office and the state government is involved and the issue is not just of compensation,but of ownership. We will speak to the farmers tomorrow and make sure that things don’t go out of hand,” a senior Noida Authority official said.

Farmer leader Naresh Yadav said: “If they want to talk this time,they will have to come to the villages themselves and speak to us.”

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