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The officials of Noida and Greater Noida authorities on Tuesday said they would approach the Supreme Court after the Allahabad High Court on Monday rejected their demand to nullify its direction to give 10 per cent developed plots to farmers whose land had been acquired.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Noida | Published: May 16, 2012 12:40:10 am

The officials of Noida and Greater Noida authorities on Tuesday said they would approach the Supreme Court after the Allahabad High Court on Monday rejected their demand to nullify its direction to give 10 per cent developed plots to farmers whose land had been acquired.

On October 21,the Allahabad High Court had directed the two agencies to give the farmers 10 per cent developed plots. The court told the two bodies that it could not hear an appeal on its own decision.

Officials of the Noida and Greater Noida Authority said they would appeal against the order in the Supreme Court as there were serious problems connected to the handing over of developed plots,including a huge financial burden.

Officials said the two authorities have different problems with the developed plots. While the Noida Authority has limited land available to give to the affected farmers,the Greater Noida Authority is short on finances.

Flatowners,meanwhile,have sought intervention from the Prime Minister’s Office.

“The last time,after the Allahabad High Court judgment in October,we had hoped that construction would begin soon,but that never happened. Now that the matter is going to the Supreme Court,we are afraid that there will be problems again. We have written to the PMO to set up fast track courts for all legal cases pertaining to land in Noida,” said Devender Kumar,president of the Noida Extension Flat Owners and Members Association.

On Monday,farmers from the villages of Patwari and Badauli Bangar said they would approach the Supreme Court after their plea against the order,which allowed authorities to acquire land from their villages in lieu of added compensation,was rejected by the Allahabad High Court.

Rama Raman,CEO of the Greater Noida Authority,said,“In terms of land available,there is no problem with identifying and handing it over to farmers. The problem is the huge financial burden. Therefore,we will appeal to the Supreme Court after its summer break ends.”

Officials of the Noida Authority said limited land was available to hand over to farmers.

“Of 54 villages which come under the Noida Authority,we have been able to identify land for only about 20 villages. For the rest,we have drawn a blank. There was a proposition that we could acquire land from the Greater Noida Authority and pay them for it,but there are problems associated with that as well. Apart from the huge administrative mess,farmers themselves want their developed plots close to their residential land. If we acquire land in Greater Noida,that will not be possible. Therefore,we will have to approach the Supreme Court for relief,” officials said.

Officials of the Greater Noida Authority said that they were seeking a quick resolution to the clearances awaited from the NCRPB.

“All suggestions made by the statutory committee set up by the state government have been incorporated into the Master Plan and sent to the NCRPB for clearance. If the clearance comes at the next meeting on May 22,construction activity will resume,” Raman said.

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