While farmers on Tuesday greeted Allahabad High Court’s directive on holding talks with Greater Noida Authority as a vindication of their position on land acquisition, the Authority also heaved a sigh of relief as it now has more than two weeks to resolve the crisis and save both home buyers and builders who together stand to lose thousands of crores if Noida Extension villages are denotified.
Greater Noida Authority CEO, Rama Raman, said the court’s directions were welcome and it will immediately begin the process of talking to all villagers. “The direction has provided us a much needed respite. Actually, ever since the Shahberi order, many people who were not even actual stakeholders in the land crisis joined in the protest and created a lot of confusion,” Raman said. “The Authority now wants to reassure the aggrieved villagers that we are on their side, and willing to sort out all their issues,” he added. Raman said the Authority will go through the full court order and then begin one-on-one discussions with villagers to address their demands. The court’s direction has also provided a breather to the developers who have 50-odd projects in the Greater Noida area. “Finally, we have received great news. The court directions will benefit all the involved parties. We are hopeful that the Authority will sort out the land row at the earliest,” said RK Arora, CMD of Supertech.
“We respect the court’s directions and hope that the Authority and the villagers reach a compromise this time,” said Anil Sharma, CMD of Amrapali Group. The court’s directions for resolving farmers’ issues are also applicable to villages in Noida that have been agitating for better compensation and developed land.
Noida Authority chairperson Balwindar Kumar said the Authority had already announced its willingness to negotiate with Noida farmers. “I have been visiting the protesting villages in Noida, talking to villagers and addressing their demands, and we will begin distributing the developed plots very soon.”
Appreciating the HC directions, Pankaj Bajaj, Delhi region vice-president of the developers’ organization, CREDAI, said, “It is a positive intervention, as it provides a window for renegotiating and, thus, reaching a solution that protects the interest of all — buyers, builders and the state.”