Noida Authority Braces To Acquire 54 Hectare Land For 8-Year-Old Farmhouse Scheme
In 2008-09, the Noida Authority launched a scheme to grant large parcels of land to individuals to develop farmhouses—150 plots, to be specific. It went ahead and acquired prime land spread across 12 villages. However, several of the high-profile applicants, who were allotted land at that time, have not been able to get possession of their plots even after eight years as low compensation rates led to farmers of two villages ─ Chhaproili and Mangroli ─ knocking at the doors of the Allahabad High Court (HC). This has also resulted in the state exchequer taking a hit of up to Rs 1,000 crore, official estimates show.
According to media reports, the Noida Authority has now started the process to acquire 54 hectare of land spread across the two villages to allot 40 plots to the waiting applicants. On March 21, Noida Authority chief executive officer along with senior officials of the district administration met the protesting farmers ─ they have been on agitation since March 1 after it became public that the Noida Authority was going to revive its attempts to acquire land ─ to resolve the issue.
“We have suggested them to approach the district magistrate for enhancement of land rates, instead of waiting for the cases to progress in the Allahabad High Court,” Noida Authority Officer on Special Duty, RK Singh was quoted in a Hindustan Times article as saying. While the HC had resolved some of the cases, several petitions are still pending with it.
The Noida Authority is paying the farmers Rs 118 for per square metre (sqm) of land in these areas while it pays compensation in the range of over Rs 5,000 per sqm in other places, farmers claim. It is worth mentioning here that the two villages are located along the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, and form a part of the city’s prime real estate.
The Noida Authority’s argument made in the March 21 meeting, however, has not been moving enough. The ongoing sit-ins at the Mangroli-Chhatroli Road continued even after the meeting.