After Noida Extension land acquisition turmoil, its now Greater Noida where farmers' land woes surface again

Subsequent to the Allahabad High Court's reference of the Noida Extension land acquisition issue to a larger bench this Tuesday goneby, providing the Uttar Pradesh government and the agitating farmers 17 days to try and negotiate an out-of-court settlement, land acquisition related woes have yet again surfaced in villages of Sadullapur, Milak Lachhi, Patwari, Rosa, Bisrakh and Vaidpura in the Greater Noida region.

The farmers of these villages are all set to file a petition before the Supreme Court demanding compensation of a minimum of Rs.2,000 per square metre.

The Hindustan Times (HT) reports that the court order came over about 250 petitions that were clubbed as they involved hundreds of farmers spread across 10 villages where some 3,000 hectares of land was acquired by the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA).

The land was acquired by the respective authorities exercising the 'Urgency Clauses' of the Land Acquisition Act that by default allow the government to
acquire land from farmers without hearing to any of their objections, whether genuine or otherwise.

At present, Greater Noida constitutes of approximately 23% residential, 5.6% commercial, 16.2% institutional, 23.2% green areas, 19.6% industrial, 12.1% transportation and 0.2% special economic zones (SEZ), reports HT. The authorities are believed to express reasons for the current conversion of land from 'industrial' to 'residential' in the said villages saying that the global economic recession forced it to convert the acquired land's use from industrial to residential and sell it to realtors.
With the state government and the respective authorities coming under fire off-late exercising the non-sensical Urgency Clauses', they are believed to mention that the clauses has been lifted and that the land now shall be acquired under the new Centre's land acquisition policy after hearing objections from farmers.

Team bricks-n-mortar 's viewpoint:     Hope the situation gets solved amicably with both the sides winning something and not loosing out much. A win-win situation for both the sides can only help solve the current crisis, and can bring the smile back on the genuine house booking people who have put in their hard earned money thinking of owning a piece of roof in these regions of Noida Extension and Greater Noida.
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