With just 17 days in hand to resolve the Noida Extension crisis, Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) on Wednesday invited farmers of the denotified Patwari village for talks on all contentious issues. At 589 hectares, Patwari has the second largest piece of acquired land in the area, besides “Rs 1600-crore-worth” of real estate investments riding on it.
Coming just a day after Allahabad High Court set August 12 as the deadline for the Authority and the farmers to iron out their issues, GNIDA chief Rama Raman’s letter to Patwari headman Reshpal Yadav invites all residents of the village for a dialogue to arrive at a “mutually acceptable solution” in the interest of all stakeholders.
While claiming it would try to address all of the villagers’ concerns through direct talks, the Authority on Wednesday made it clear that the final decision regarding higher monetary compensation would rest with the state government. “The villagers have three main grievances, a b a d i (residential land) disputes, demand for higher monetary compensation, and for 6% developed plots. We have already begun resolving the a b a d i disputes and initiated the process of lease-back to return the a b a d i land to villagers. We will soon begin handing over the developed plots,” Raman said.
Asked whether the Authority will accede to the villagers’ “demand of compensation at par with market rates for their land”, Raman added that while the Authority will negotiate
with the villagers and “ascertain the compensation rate that they are demanding, the same information will be passed on to the state, and the state government will take the final decision on the compensation rate”.
Raman reiterated that the Authority will henceforth “not impose the urgency clause anywhere” and that it will “ensure that the villagers’ a b a d i land is also not acquired under any circumstances.” The villagers’ case rests on the use of the urgency clause by the Authority to acquire their farmlands.
“The villagers are not against development. They have some grievances and we have been trying to address those. We want to reassure them that they will get adequate compensation and developed land plots,” said Raman.