With the Noida land acquisition storm nearly blown over, and farmer-Authority talks in Noida Extension limping along towards the August 12 court-given deadline, the focus of the land acquisition crisis has now shifted to Yamuna Expressway.
Monday dealt a double blow to Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) as 10 more villages decided to join the agitation against land acquisition by it, and a section of disaffected farmers arrived in Allahabad to move the high court against acquisition of their lands.
Senior officials of YEIDA scampered to Atta-Gujran village — the scene of Sunday’s panchayat against land acquisition — to hold talks with villagers on Monday. The officials reportedly requested the farmers to suspend their agitation and not move Allahabad High Court, with the assurance that their grievances would be redressed soon.
The farmers, though, remained dismissive of the lavish promises. “The officials assured us our a b a d i (habitation) lands would be regularized soon and developed plots equaling 7% area of the land acquired would be allotted to us. They also said a bus service would be provided to drop village girls to school,” said farmer Sugam Singh Chauhan. When asked whether farmers were satisfied with the offered deal, one of their leaders said, “On Tuesday, a panchayat will be held in Atta-Gujran primary school. The panchayat will be attended by the farmers of Jaganpur and Aurangpur villages also. A final call will be taken in the panchayat.”Speaking to TOI, YEIDA chief Pandhari Yadav said they were working to redress farmers’ grievances. “The main issue of farmers is regularising abadi land and allotment of 7% developed land. We have started surveying the villages to establish abadi areas.” Yadav added they were hopeful of settling these concerns within two months.
The 10 villages that have decided to join the Expressway agitation will meet in Thasrana village on Tuesday. Meet organiser and national convener of Rashtriya Kisan Union, Virender Dhada, said villages such as Garana, Dhanauri, Dhanauri Kalan, Dhanauri Khurd, Kanarsi and Junaidpur, had earlier kept out of the agitation as, “They are situated in a corner of the district and, so far, did not have a platform to voice their concerns from”.
In Noida Extension, Greater Noida Authority CEO Rama Raman visited Roja Yakubpur village on Monday to talk to individual farmers and note their demands, but the villagers could not agree upon a common set of demands, and will meet him again on Wednesday. Before that, Raman will meet the pradhan of Itehda village on Tuesday. Noida Authority, too, is working overtime to end pending disputes. Ten teams have been formed to address farmers’ a b a d iland concerns. Starting Saturday, the teams have started visiting villages and they hope to complete their survey by August 15.
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