Monday, July 25, 2011

Noida farmers Demand Land Price Equal To Market Rates

              The face-off between the farmers in Noida and the Noida Authority seems to be gaining momentum as, for the fourth consecutive day, hundreds of farmers from various villages held another panchayat on Sunday demanding better compensation and rehabilitation reliefs.
              Representatives from each of the 54 villages in Noida gathered at sector 74, that till 2007 was known as Sorkha village and is now host to over a dozen upcoming private housing projects.
              Demanding higher compensation, the farmers claim they were paid anywhere between Rs 270 to Rs 420 per square metre and promised other rehabilitation benefits as per the new Land Policy of the state besides five per cent developed plots in lieu of their abadi land.
              These farmers have now given the Authority a new deadline of August 5 and have threatened that if the grievances of each farmer across villages in Noida are not redressed then they “will be forced to resort to violence and stop all ongoing construction work of private housing societies in the city and those along the Expressway.”
              Dalveer Singh Yadav, chairman of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, said that the villages along the expressway have set a deadline of July 31 while others say that the Noida Authority should settle their demands by August 5.
              “We have formed a roster and till August 4 panchayats would be organized in different villages in Noida. So far, we have covered 16 villages. A panchayat will so be organized in Gheza village while Asgarpur and Agahpur will host meets on the next two days. We want to motivate more farmers to fight for their right through these panchayats,” Yadav said.
              “If our demands are not met, then in first phase we will halt builders’ projects along the Noida expressway. In the second phase, construction work on the entire belt will be stopped,” Yadav warned.
              Farmers are demanding a compensation according to the present circle rate of Rs 5,500 per sqm, apart from regularization of abadi land and getting back 5 per cent of total acquired land.
              The protesting farmers though said that they did “not want to disrupt development.”

Buyers seek PM help to end crisis

              After getting no respite from all ends, homebuyers have now decided to approach the prime minister, finance minister and the Reserve Bank of India to intervene into the land acquisition row in Noida Extension. Buyers say that their hard-earned money is at stake and they booked their homes after borrowing money from banks. As work has halted and the money is with the builders, buyers say that either developers should pay their monthly installments or return the money so that they can give it back to the banks and stop paying heavy interest.
              Buyers also alleged that even though the UP government had introduced a bailout plan for builders during recession, the UP chief minister has not uttered a word of respite for the innocent investors who have been under immense pressure since the land row started.