Greater Noida township deadlock continues

September 13th, 2011 - 11:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Greater Noida, Sep 13 (IANS) Farmers from Greater Noida and the Gautam Budh Nagar district administration Tuesday failed to reach a compromise over an upcoming township of Ansal API here.

A tripartite meeting was held between the district administration, the real estate firm and the farmers, but the talks remained inconclusive.

While the developer agreed to pay the farmers a rate at par with that of Greater Noida and offer them 8 percent plot in a developed sector, the proposals failed to woo the farmers.

The farmers accused the district administration of “heavily siding” with the builder and neglecting their concerns.

“By giving licence to a single company for developing such a large area of 2,504 acres, the government is only fulfilling its own interests,” Bhogpur village headman Atar Singh Bhati said.

“We are given a minuscule amount for our most fertile, multi-cropped lands. If two or more companies are allowed, at least there would be some competition and the farmers would be given the best remuneration,” he added.

Meanwhile, the stir at Kaimrala village intensified, with the farmers threatening to go on a indefinite fast.

The new protest can hamper the work of Ansal API’s sprawling 2,504 acre Sushant Megapolis township.

The farmers are demanding a 25 percent land for settlement in a developed area without any development charges in lieu of their lands. They have also asked for a plot of 200 square metres to each landless person of these villages, besides employment to at least one member of each family whose lands have been acquired.

“This land is our mother. We will not sell it at any cost. We will listen only when the government meets our demands. We would prefer to die if they don’t listen to us,” said Balraj Singh, a farmer.

However, Sub-divisional Magistrate (Dadri) Gyanendra Singh said the farmers’ stir was illegal.

“The farmers have not taken any kind of permission from us before their dharna.

“We will ask them to submit a memorandum of their demands, which would be sent to the government for consideration. We are in regular contact with them but they are not listening to us. They first sold off their lands and then they are protesting. The administration has no role to play in this,” he added.

The real estate firm too accused the farmers of arm-twisting.

“The farmers sold their lands on their own, we did not take it forcefully. They are protesting on no grounds,” an Ansal executive told IANS on condition of anonymity.

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