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No end in sight for abadi land row between Noida,farmers

After a day of heavy-duty negotiations between the Noida Authority and farmer leaders on Monday,they still do not seem to have arrived at a compromise on the issue of abadi land regularisation.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi |
September 20, 2011 12:47:14 am

After a day of heavy-duty negotiations between the Noida Authority and farmer leaders on Monday,they still do not seem to have arrived at a compromise on the issue of abadi (residential) land regularisation. The farmers have said that no agreement has been reached in this regard,and their agitation — planned for September 21 — would continue.

However,senior officials of the Noida Authority presented a different picture,stating that there was consensus on most issues that the farmers had raised,with only one or two needing further negotiations.

The sticking points between the two sides pertain to regularisation of abadi land,including commercial establishments,the delay in handing over developed plots,and a land dispute in Sorkha village. On Saturday,the Noida Authority had released a list of 1,095 farmers from 12 villages whose abadi land would be regularised,and would be given 5 per cent developed plots.

Mahinder Awana,spokesperson of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti,said,“Only a small part of the abadi land has been regularised. Also,some of us have shops on our abadi land. We want them to be regularised without any fee,but the Authority says that we would only get them on lease. We want them to be given to us,freehold. It was part of our agreement on July 30,due to which we stopped agitating.”

On Sunday,farmer leaders from Noida announced that they will resume their agitation afresh and block construction activity in upcoming projects — citing dissatisfaction with the Noida Authority’s actions in this regard.

Though meetings were held between 20 leaders of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti,the Noida (City) Superintendent of Police and then Noida Authority CEO,the leaders said nothing had been decided,and talks would continue. Mahinder Singh Awana said,“Nothing has been decided,only talks have happened. As of now,our plan for the agitation is still on because the issues between the two sides remain.”

The authorities,however,are singing a different tune. Balwinder Kumar,CEO,Noida Authority,said,“As of now,it does not seem like there would be an agitation. We have agreed to most of their demands. Though there was some miscommunication between the two sides on a couple of issues,we have told them that we have no problem in regularising abadi land — including commercial establishments — and giving them 5 per cent of the developed plots. Only the issue of the village of Sorkha remains. There is a dispute with regard to land ownership,which we will have to speak to the District Magistrate about.”

Anant Dev,Superintendent of Police (City),Noida,said,“September 21 is still two days away. I think we have convinced them not to take the law into their hands.”

Meanwhile,buyers — who are caught in the crossfire — are making a beeline for construction sites in Noida,worried about the future of their homes. Rakesh Verma,who has booked a flat in Sector 76 at Amrapali’s Silicon City,said,“We have read in the papers that the farmers intend to obstruct all construction activity,and it is really worrying us.”

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