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Noida CEO rules out hike in land compensation

Press Trust Of India
Jul 26, 2011 at 07:15pm IST

Noida: With farmers on warpath over greater compensation for their acquired land, Noida Chairman Balwinder Kumar on Tuesday said it was "practically not possible" to meet the key demand.

"There is no possibility of increase in compensation for land which has already been taken. If authority gives the hike to one village then the others too will demand. There will be no acceptable cut off date for such a hike. This is practically not possible," Kumar said after meeting farmers in Shahdra village at Sector 41.

He, however, assured them that he will convey their demand to the state government.

Noida CEO rules out hike in land compensation

Noida Extension land acquisition (CNN-IBN)

"If the state government hikes the compensation from back date, we will implement the order," he said.

Giving in to demands of agitating farmers whose land has been acquired, Noida Authority had on Tuesday promised to give them five per cent of the developed plots from next week and regularise 'abadi' or populated sections.

Continuing his drive to pacify Noida villagers, Kumar, who was accompanied by Deputy CEO NP Singh, assured the farmers that there would be prompt grievance redressal.

The farmers raised the 'abadi' land issue and told Kumar that several villagers were booked by Authority for encroachment though it was their 'abadi' land. Kumar told them such cases would be withdrawn.

He promised to provide them allotment letter for 5 per cent developed land in the next 10 days.

From Shahdara, Kumar went to Wajidpur village in Sector 135, where similar demands were raised by the farmers.

"We want written assurance and not verbal. Tomorrow this officer will be transferred and the new officer will claim he does not know what he had promised," said Hari Singh, a farmer.

Realty projects in Noida Extension which comes under the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority, including in Shahberi and Patwari villages, have come to a halt after the Allahabad High Court quashed land acquisition there.

The Authority is now facing a flood of litigation from farmers against land acquisition.

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