There seems to be no end in sight to the land acquisition row in Noida and Greater Noida. While Greater Noida farmers have dismissed Saturday’s agreement with Patwari, calling it a sham, fresh trouble seems to be brewing in Noida. Inspite of the July 30 ‘settlement’, farmers from Sorkha village have now approached the Allahabad High Court seeking denotification of 452 hectares of their land.
Sorkha village, which hosts sectors 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 113, 114, 115, 116 and 117, had been spearheading the protests in Noida till the July 30 settlement. These villagers had been primarily demanding enhanced compensation, regularization of abadi claims and their share of developed plots. They now claim that while two of their demands have been met by the Authority as per the new settlement, the subject of enhanced compensation has not been addressed. Hence, they approached the HC last week.
The high court has issued a notice to the Noida Authority, clubbing the Sorkha petitions with the other Greater Noida petitions due for hearing on August 17. “Farmers want better compensation from the Authority. Our village land was acquired in 2007 and we were paid a paltry compensation of Rs 420-450 per sqm. But the same land was given to builders at much higher rates,” said Naresh Yadav, pradhan of Sorkha. Yadav is one of the petitioners who moved the HC last week. “We are not against development but the state must endow us with the benefits we deserve. The Authority has expressed its inability in enhancing our share of compensation. So we decided to seek the land back,” he added.
“We have received the HC notice regarding the Sorkha petitions but any out-of-court settlement on the matter of compensation is not possible. We will deal with the matter in court,” said Balwindar Kumar, CEO Noida Authority.
Another group of around 30 villagers from Sorkha has filed a suit in the district court seeking permission to hold protests till their grievances are dealt with. The court has fixed August 24 as the next date of hearing, said Lalit Mohan, advocate representing the farmers. Farmers whose land was acquired between 1976 and 1997, will take out a protest march on Tuesday.
www.7bigha.com allows Property listings all across the India. Just register YourSelf and List Properties all Across the India Absolutely Free and Recieve Genuine Clients for Your Property.