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Noida land row: Farmers hold mahapanchayat, threaten stir

Allahabad High Court had ordered enhanced compensation for villages where acquisition proceedings passed the muster.

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Farmers held a panchayat in Roza village of Noida Extension on Friday to discuss SC verdict. (Source: Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Farmers in Noida Extension and Greater Noida held a mahapanchayat on Friday and threatened to go on a sustained agitation. The move comes a day after the Supreme Court upheld the judgment of the Allahabad High Court in 2011.

The Allahabad High Court had ordered enhanced compensation for villages where acquisition proceedings passed the muster. It had also quashed the notification for acquisition of land in various other villages in Noida, Greater Noida and Noida Extension in Uttar Pradesh.

However farmers at the mahapanchayat, which took place at Roza village in Greater Noida, expressed their disappointment with the order.

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“We wanted our land back. It was taken from us unfairly and is being given to builders, so that they can mint money. It is being done in the name of development, but this is nothing short of crushing the will of farmers,” Manveer Bhati, a farmer leader, said.

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At the meeting, it was decided that farmers from all villages in Noida, Greater Noida and Noida Extension would meet again on Sunday to decide the way forward.

“We will go on a long agitation and we will also march to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. On Sunday, we will consult village elders from the affected villages to decide the next step,” Bhati said.

Meanwhile, Noida and Greater Noida Authority CEO met a cross-section of farmers, builders and home buyers from Noida Extension and assured them that if the construction is allowed to progress, it will be done in a manner that will “benefit every stakeholder”.

“The Supreme Court judgment has ensured that the hard-earned money of hundreds of home buyers don’t go to waste. The authorities have asked builders to work quickly and give possession to home buyers as soon as possible. At the same time, we are asking farmers to stop agitating and work along with the Authority towards development,” a senior official of the Noida Authority said.