A day before the formal inauguration of the 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 they should not be charged toll for using the expressway,and 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. The government had promised that our demands would be met before the formal launch 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,land would be returned, Satyendra Pal Singh,farmer leader from Tappal,said.
He added: All the farmers are of the opinion that those who have given their land for the expressway should be be issued passes by the administration. But,the state government decided to open the expressway without paying heed to our demands,we will not allow movement on the road this way.
In Aligarh alone,Samajwadi Party has MLAs on four of six Assembly seats.
The farmers agitation gained momentum when Rastriya Lok Dal also extended support to the farmers,calling their demands genuine. Sources said that 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,then there are large number of farmers who have not taken 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 the demand of 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 entry beyond Pari Chowk will be regulated and extra traffic police personnel will be deployed.