पतवाड़ी के किसानों का लिखित समझौता
जागरण संवाददाता, ग्रेटर नोएडा किसानों के साथ समझौते की दिशा में ग्रेटर नोएडा प्राधिकरण को बृहस्पतिवार को बड़ी सफलता हासिल हुई। पतवाड़ी गांव के किसानों के साथ प्राधिकरण का समझौता हो गया। इससे बिल्डरों व निवेशकों को बहुत बड़ी राहत मिली है। समझौता भी किसानों के लिए फायदेमंद रहा। उन्हें अब 550 रुपये प्रति वर्गमीटर अतिरिक्त मुआवजा देने पर सहमति बन गई है। साथ ही आबादी व बैकलीज की शर्तो को हटा लिया गया है। हालांकि नोएडा के सेक्टर-62 में गुरुवार को देर रात तक अन्य मुद्दों पर प्राधिकरण व किसानों के बीच बातचीत जारी थी। इलाहाबाद हाईकोर्ट ने 19 जुलाई को पतवाड़ी गांव की 589 हेक्टयेर जमीन का अधिग्रहण रद कर दिया था। अधिग्रहण रद होने से सात बिल्डरों के प्रोजेक्ट प्रभावित हुई हुए थे। 26 हजार निवेशकों के फ्लैट का सपना भी टूट गया था। प्राधिकरण के ढाई हजार भूखंड़ों, चार सौ निर्मित मकानों व दो इंजीनियरिंग कॉलेज की योजना भी अधर में लटक गई थी। 26 जुलाई को हाईकोर्ट ने नोएडा एक्सटेंशन के अन्य गांवों की सुनवाई के दौरान प्राधिकरण, बिल्डर व किसानों को 12 अगस्त तक आपस में समझौते करने का सुझाव दिया था। हाईकोर्ट के सुझाव पर प्राधिकरण ने किसानों से समझौते के लिए वार्ता की पहल शुरू की। 27 जुलाई को प्राधिकरण के सीईओ रमा रमन ने सबसे पहले पतवाड़ी गांव के प्रधान को पत्र भेज कर वार्ता करने के लिए आमंत्रित किया। दूसरे दिन ग्राम प्रधान रेशपाल यादव ने प्राधिकरण कार्यालय पहुंच कर सीईओ से बातचीत कर उनका रुख जानने का प्रयास किया था। 30 जुलाई को सीईओ ने गांव पतवाड़ी जाकर किसानों से सामूहिक रूप में बात की। इस दौरान मुआवजा वृद्धि को छोड़कर किसानों के साथ अन्य मांगों पर प्राधिकरण ने सकारात्मक रुख दिखाया। मुआवजा बढ़ोतरी पर बातचीत करने के लिए किसानों को आपस में कमेटी गठित कर वार्ता का प्रस्ताव सीईओ दे आए थे। इसके बाद किसानों के साथ गुरुवार को नोएडा के सेक्टर-62 में बैठक बुलाई गई। इसमें प्राधिकरण के सीईओ रमा रमन, ग्रामीण अभियंत्रण मंत्री जयवीर ठाकुर, सांसद सुरेंद्र सिंह नागर व जिलाधिकारी के साथ किसानों की वार्ता शुरू हुई। आठ घंटे तक वार्ता चलने के बाद किसान समझौते के लिए तैयार हो गए। सूत्रों के अनुसार पतवाड़ी गांव के किसानों को मिले 850 रुपये प्रति वर्गमीटर के अलावा 550 रुपये प्रति वर्गमीटर और देने पर सहमति बन गई है। देर रात तक बैठक जारी थी। अभी इसकी अधिकारिक घोषणा नहीं की गई है। हालांकि गांव के कुछ किसानों ने वार्ता की पुष्टि की है। इससे पूर्व किसानों की आबादी को पूरी तरह से अधिग्रहण मुक्त रखा जाएगा। बैकलीज की शर्ते हटा ली जाएगी। पतवाड़ी गांव का समझौता होने पर प्राधिकरण को नोएडा एक्सटेंशन के अन्य गांवों में किसानों के साथ समझौता करने की राह आसान हो गई है। नोएडा एक्सटेंशन विवाद ने रोके खरीददार : नोएडा एक्सटेंशन विवाद ने समूचे ग्रेटर नोएडा एवं यमुना एक्सप्रेस वे प्राधिकरण क्षेत्र में संपत्तियों की खरीद-फरोख्त पर ब्रेक लगा दिया है। दोनों जगह ढूंढे से भी खरीददार नहीं मिल रहे हैं। कुछ समय पहले तक जो लोग शहर में अपना आशियाना बनाने के लिए आतुर थे, वे अब यहां संपत्ति खरीदने से हिचकिचा रहे हंै। पिछले बीस दिनों में भूखंड व मकानों की गिनी-चुनी रजिस्ट्री हुई हैं। सिर्फ गांवों में कृषि व आबादी भूमि की रजिस्ट्री हो रही है। इससे प्रदेश सरकार को राजस्व की भी हानि उठानी पड़ रही है
-Dainik Jagran.
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  • Authority exposed over change in land use


    The Allahabad high court order over land acquisitions has exposed that authority has drifted from the main role of industrial development. The court said that the government acquired some plots in village Devla on which industries were reportedly running. Later, the land use was changed to non-industrial.

    This meant the industries had to be closed, whereas the object and purpose of the authority under the 1976 Act is industrial development. There were other examples too.

    The Greater Noida authority had acquired 107 hectares of land there, but as many as 75% farmers had not accepted compensation.

    "It is a matter of concern. State should motivate industries," said PP Sharma, general secretary, Association of Greater Noida Industries.

    For the Mayawati government, the quashing of a 2007 notification to acquire about 5,000 hectares of land in three villages in Greater Noida - Asadullapur, Yusufpur Chak Shaberi and Devla - came as a blow. While there are no housing projects in these villages, the court ordered that similarly affected farmers of other villages - where apartments are being built - also be given higher relief.

    -HT
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  • Anxious homebuyers decide to meet today


    A day after the Allahabad high court cleared land acquisition in 60-odd villages, barring a few where no real estate activity was on, hope has begun floating for thousands of middle-class buyers. They have decided to meet at the Noida Extension roundabout on Sunday, where they protested for months when courts first quashed land acquisition in village Shahberi and Patwari.

    "These people despite having put in their hard-earned money in pursuit of their dream houses remained in despair for months because of the ongoing acquisition imbroglio," said Ravi Sinha, a buyer.

    And there are several issues to deal with such as accumulated interest on EMIs, changes in builder-buyer agreements.

    "The court order has fuelled fresh hopes of resumption of projects. But the authority is not saying much. Builders are already asking for payments of instalments with interests," said office-bearers of Noida Extension Flat Owners Members Association.

    The Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India (CREDAI) has said despite the court order to the authority to pay more cash and bigger developed land plots to farmers, the existing buyers will get flats at committed prices. At a press conference held on Friday, builders termed the court order 'good and balanced, but not giving entire relief to any stakeholders - the government, farmers, builders and buyers'.

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  • Day after: Noida Authority may move apex court

    Noida: With mixed reactions pouring in a day after the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Gautam Budh Nagar land acquisition row,both Noida and Greater Noida authorities are trying to chart out the road ahead.Though they state they will follow the order in letter and spirit,the twin bodies are holding marathon meetings in consultation with their legal experts to analyze the judgment.

    The bodies have been conducting extensive brainstorming sessions since the order came.Already battling a shortage of land and cash,the authorities face huge financial implications to the tune of thousands of crores.Trying to work out a strategy to implement the order,officials plan to garner the support of the developers in order to share the burden of the additional compensation of 64.7% which has to be disbursed to the farmers of the 60 villages of Noida and Greater Noida.The bodies are also contemplating legal redress.

    While Noida Authority is planning to approach Supreme Court against the allotment of 10% developed land to be allotted to the farmers,as directed by the HC,Greater Noida Authority said it would need some time to figure out how much of the financial burden would be borne by it and in what ratio it would be transferred to allottees and builders.We have estimated an additional cash burden ranging from Rs 3,000 crore to Rs 5,000 crore, GNIDA CEO Rama Raman said.He said the Authority will either give 10 per cent developed land to farmers or find other ways to settle claims.

    Meanwhile,chairman and CEO of Noida Authority,Balwinder Kumar,said,Our initial estimates add up to an additional cash burden of Rs 1,178 crore.We have an extra land requirement of about 450 acres.The ruling states that we need to return 10% of the developed land to the farmers.This would mean a loss of over Rs 2,000 crore.We will have to approach Supreme Court, Kumar said.

    Officials maintained that at Devla and Yusufpur (Chak Shahberi) no project was in progress while at Asadullahpur only four farmhouses had been allotted to individual owners,which now stand cancelled.No development works were being carried out in Asadullahpur village, confirmed Kumar.

    The HC has directed Greater Noida Authority to have its Master Plan 2021 approved by National Capital Region Planning Board in order to take up any new development work.We will soon seek the approval from NCRPB as per the court ruling, said an official.Sources claim that uncertainty will continue to loom over all Greater Noida projects until they get the nod.

    CASH CRUNCH: Authorities face huge financial implications and a shortage of land


    -TOI
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  • Unhappy farmers chalk out future plan

    Noida Extension: A day after the Allahabad High Court ruling,as many as 80 disgruntled farmers met in Noida Extension to discuss the future course of action.Still trying to understand the implications of the verdict,the farmers are gearing up for the mahapanchayat scheduled for October 25.

    Farmers are faced with a lot of confusion regarding the ruling.Heads of all participating villages came together and discussed the full implications of the ruling.Village headmen will hold separate panchayats in their respective villages in preparation of the mahapanchayat.Most likely,we will approach the Supreme Court.Villages whose land was acquired before 1997 may also seek help from the apex court, said Manveer Bhatti of Kisaan Sansh Samiti.

    Reasons for farmers discontent vary from village to village.While villages like Itheda are unhappy with the amount of compensation received,others who hadnt previously approached the court want to give it a try.We want a 100 per cent hike in compensation.We are dissatisfied with the meager amount doled out to us.We will approach the Supreme Court for justice.However,we still have to chalk out a plan of action, said Jai Chand,a resident of Itheda village,Noida Extension.

    Noida villagers feel that the compensation rate should be at par with other villages.Since their land was acquired at a cheaper rate than lands in Greater Noida,they have lesser compensation in their kitty.
    Noida Authority acquired land at the rate of Rs 340 per square metre whereas in Greater Noida,land was acquired at the rate of Rs 850 per square metre.But,why should we be entitled to lesser compensation, said Naresh Yadav,the headman of Sorkha village,Noida.

    -TOI
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  • NO CLARITY
    Builders demands,EMIs worry buyers


    Noida: The initial euphoria among buyers who have booked flats in Noida Extension seems to have given way to apprehension.One day after Allahabad High Court pronounced its verdict,confusion prevails among homebuyers.While the judgment paves the way for resuming construction work in Noida Extension,buyers have now been posed with a host of problems like accumulated interest on EMIs,changes in builderbuyer agreements and stalled bank loans.Uncertainty also looms large over the status of those buyers who chose to wait,and thus,did not opt out of the projects hit by the Shahberi and Patwari verdict.Those,who are yet to be shifted to other projects,are also unsure of their fate.

    To quell the confusion,buyers have decided to come together at the Extension roundabout on Sunday.While we are happy with the court order,there is immense confusion over the actual situation.We are yet to get in touch with the authorities.To make matters worse,some developers have already sent demand letters to buyers asking them to pay interest on pending installments, said Shweta Bharti,of the Noida Extension Flat Owners Members Association(NEFOMA),one of the many buyer groups that sprouted since the land acquisition row reached the courts.


    Some buyers who have booked their flats with PalmOlympia have already been served with a demand letter.The letter says that interests to the tune of Rs 50,000 to Rs 70,000 be paid within a certain time.They have unilaterally also converted the buyers Flexi Plan into CLPs.While other developers are yet to approach us,they might do the same, Bharti said.Spokespersons of PalmOlympia remained unavailable for comments.

    While everything seems fine now and the developers have said that current buyers will remain immune to cost escalations,we believe that the near future could pose a set of new problems for buyers.We are afraid that the quality of construction material may be changed to accommodate the developers financial burdens and they might even play with the Floor Area ratio of the flats, said Abhishek Kumar of NEFOMA.Thus,we have urged all buyers to meet tomorrow and discuss the problems, he said.
    Kumar,who has booked a flat in Supertechs Eco Village II,added that the buyers associations have also decided to meet Greater Noida Authority,developers and banks to achieve some clarity.We are waiting till Diwali after which we will form groups and visit each developer and bank to find out when work on our projects will resume and the status of our loans, he said.

    -TOI
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  • Builders divided, villagers united

    Farmers set to move SC; the final decision to be taken at today’s panchayat meeting.

    A day after the Allahabad High Court decided on the Noida and Greater Noida land acquisition issue, there was a lull in most villages. All are awaiting the panchayat meeting tomorrow which would decide on when to move the Supreme Court against the verdict. “There is a consensus to move the Supreme Court and the final decision will be taken in tomorrow’s panchayat meeting in the morning,” said Manveer Bhatti of Bisrakh village in Greater Noida.


    According to builders that Business Standard spoke to, buyers were not approaching them as they are happy. “Maybe they do not know what is coming,” said Manoj Gaur, managing director, Gaursons Limited, one of the developers with a strong presence in the area.

    There was a near consensus among the builders that they would pass on the additional burden to the buyers. Most developers point at a minimum 20 per cent rise in the cost for the customers, as the court ordered a 64.7 per cent increase in compensation to the farmers in 61 villages. Developers were, however, divided on whether the current customers will have to pay more or not.

    Also, the developers’ association is planning to negotiate with the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) to lighten their burden. “We will request the authorities for a middle path between the developers and authorities, if the cost burden is a lot, which will alter the whole idea of affordable housing”, said Aman Gupta, ED, RG Group, an affected builder.

    There are 78 projects and more than 30 builders across these villages. Among the major builders here are Amrapali, Supertech, Gaursons, RG Group, Panchsheel, Rudra, Paramount, Patel, Ajnara and Nirala, to name some.

    Where some developers assure that there will be no price hike for the existing buyers, others said, that burden would fall on the existing customers, too. “A fraction of additional cost will fall on our existing buyers as well, maybe by 15-20 per cent as they are the final allottees”, said Gaur, as he points at the legal clause which says that any additional compensation has to be borne by the allottees.

    Gaursons has a major project in Haibatpur village in Greater Noida, where nearly 70 per cent construction is complete.

    Gupta of RG Group said even if we exclude the cost burden from the additional compensation, even then the cost for the future buyers would rise by minimum 20 per cent. “Our sales have been stalled for the past six months, still the construction is on. Buyers are not paying instalments for almost half a year now, all this will add to the cost burden”, according to Gupta. However, he maintained that no cost burden would fall on existing customers.

    Supertech Group also had no burden in store for the existing buyers, but, it’s chairman and managing director, R K Arora added: “This applies to those customers that are paying the instalments well in time, and fulfiling all the commitments as per the buyer-builder agreement.”

    There is bad news for the new buyers according to Arora, as the prices are set to climb 30-40 per cent if the compensation weighs down on the developers.

    Another farmer of Patwari village said, it was never about increased compensation, we always wanted our ancestral houses back, where the HC was silent in its judgement.

    GNIDA had said yesterday that additional burden from 64.7 per cent compensation would be to the tune of Rs 3,000-4,000 crore that would be claimed from the current and future allottees of land including builders, institutions and industries.

    The Allahabad High Court yesterday annulled land acquisition in three villages (Deola, Chak Shahberi and Asadullahpur) of Noida and Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh. There are no residential or commercial projects in this area.

    -Business Standard
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  • Originally Posted by fritolay_ps

    Where some developers assure that there will be no price hike for the existing buyers, others said, that burden would fall on the existing customers, too. “A fraction of additional cost will fall on our existing buyers as well, maybe by 15-20 per cent as they are the final allottees”, said Gaur, as he points at the legal clause which says that any additional compensation has to be borne by the allottees.



    All big builders may not charge additional burden from old buyers.. .but small and first time builder may charge 15-20% additional amount from old buyers..



    PalmOlympiahave already been served with a demand letter.The letter says that interests to the tune of Rs 50,000 to Rs 70,000 be paid within a certain time.

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  • ग्रामीण पंचायत मोर्चा ने की नुक्कड़ सभा


    ग्रेटर नोएडा : ग्रामीण पंचायत मोर्चा ने रविवार को वैदपुरा, सादुल्लापुर, खोदना खुर्द, सुनपुरा, इटेड़ा, हैबतपुर व खैरपुर गुर्जर गांव में जनसंपर्क कर किसानों के साथ बैठक की। मोर्चा के संयोजक रणवीर प्रधान ने कहा कि हाईकोर्ट के फैसले पर विचार करने व अगली रणनीति बनाने के लिए 25 अक्टूबर को नोएडा एक्सटेंशन में पंचायत होगी।

    -Dainik Jagran
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  • निवेशकों ने की एफएआर नहीं बढ़ाने की मांग


    ग्रेटर नोएडा : इलाहाबाद हाईकोर्ट के फैसले से राहत मिलने के बाद नोएडा एक्सटेंशन के निवेशकों ने अपने एसोसिएशन के बैनर तले रविवार को गौर सिटी चौराहे पर बैठक की। फैसले पर खुशी जाहिर करते हुए निवेशकों ने कहा कि इससे न्यायपालिका के प्रति लोगों का विश्वास बढ़ा है। कोर्ट ने सभी के हितों को ध्यान में रखकर फैसला सुनाया है। एसोसिएशन ने बिल्डरों से परियोजनाओं में फ्लोर एरिया रेसियो (एफएआर) नहीं बढ़ाने एवं निवेशकों से अतिरिक्त धनराशि नहीं वसूलने का लिखित आश्वासन मांगा।

    एक्सटेंशन के निवेशक रविवार की दोपहर बारह बजे भारी संख्या में एकत्र होकर गौर सिटी चौराहे पर पहुंचे। नोएडा एक्सटेंशन फ्लैट खरीददार एसोसिएशन के अध्यक्ष अभिषेक कुमार व कोषाध्यक्ष राहुल शर्मा ने कहा कि कोर्ट ने प्राधिकरण को किसानों को 64 प्रतिशत अतिरिक्त मुआवजा व दस फीसदी भूखंड देने के निर्देश दिए हैं। इसका भार निवेशकों पर नहीं पड़ना चाहिए। एक्सटेंशन के सभी बिल्डरों को लिखित आश्वासन देना होगा कि जिस दर पर फ्लैट की कीमत का एग्रीमेंट हुआ था, भविष्य में उसमें बढ़ोतरी नहीं की जाएगी। साथ ही परियोजनाओं में फ्लैटों का एफएआर भी नहीं बढ़ाया जाएगा। जिस दौरान मामला कोर्ट में विचाराधीन रहा, उस समय का ब्याज निवेशकों से नहीं वसूला जाए। बैंकों पर भी दीपावली के बाद कर्ज देने का दबाव बनाया जाएगा। कोर्ट में मामला जाने के बाद बैंकों ने कर्ज की किश्तों का भुगतान बंद कर दिया था। मामला अब सुलझ चुका है। बैंकों ने कर्ज देना शुरू नहीं किया तो इसकी शिकायत न्यायालय, योजना आयोग और केंद्र व प्रदेश सरकार ने करने का निर्णय लिया गया।


    -Dainik jagran
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  • hey fritolay..
    Does the halt of construction in NE till approval of master plan..is applicable to Noida too ????
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  • It should be applicable on NE also but I don’t have any idea on this.

    and guess… No one has read 400 pages verdict yet to clarify it... it will be cleared in next 2-4 days.
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  • आरएलडी ने कहा, जमीन आवंटन की जांच सीबीआई करे


    नोएडा : तीन गांवों में जमीन अधिग्रहण रद्द होने के बाद आरएलडी ने तेवर कड़े कर लिए हैं। आरएलडी ने इस मामले को लेकर न सिर्फ सीबीआई जांच की मांग की है बल्कि केंद्र सरकार से हस्तक्षेप करने की मांग की है। पार्टी के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष अजित सिंह ने यहां जारी अपनी प्रतिक्रिया में कहा है कि हाई कोर्ट और सुप्रीम कोर्ट के फैसलों से यह साफ है कि जमीन आवंटन में गड़बड़ी हुई है। किसान को ठगने की कोशिश की गई है। उन्होंने कहा कि हाई कोर्ट का फैसला बिल्डर और अथॉरिटी अफसरों के लिए राहत भरा है। किसानों की जमीन का बिल्डर और अफसरों ने मिलकर घोटाला किया है। इसमें सरकार के मंत्री और अफसर पूरी तरह शामिल हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि बिल्डर अपने प्रोजेक्टों में स्विमिंग पूल और गोल्फ कोर्स बना रहे हैं। यह चिंता की बात है। अजित सिंह ने कहा है कि माननीय हाई कोर्ट ने सचिव स्तर के अधिकारी से नोएडा और ग्रेटर नोएडा के मामलों की जांच करने को कहा है। पार्टी सचिव स्तर के अधिकारी की ओर से इस मामले की जांच से संतुष्ट नहीं है।

    -Navbharat times
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  • (Not related to Noida )
    Rahul Baba may have tension


    सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने किया सिरसा में जमीन अधिग्रहण रद

    भू-स्वामियों को सुनवाई का मौका दिए बगैर जमीन अधिग्रहण करना एक बार फिर सरकार को महंगा पड़ा है। सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने हरियाणा के सिरसा जिले के पंजुआना गांव में 4 एकड़ भूमि का अधिग्रहण इसी आधार पर निरस्त कर दिया है। राज्य सरकार ने अगस्त 2009 में पेयजल परियोजना के लिए 45 एकड़ से ज्यादा भूमि का अधिग्रहण किया था। इसमें से 4 एकड़ भूमि के स्वामियों ने अधिग्रहण को यह कहते हुए चुनौती दी थी कि सरकार ने जमीन अधिग्रहीत करने से पहले उन्हें सुनवाई का मौका नहीं दिया। हाईकोर्ट से याचिका खारिज होने के बाद भू-स्वामियों ने सुप्रीम कोर्ट का दरवाजा खटखटाया था। न्यायमूर्ति जीएस सिंघवी व न्यायमूर्ति सुधांशु ज्योति मुखोपाध्याय ने दर्शन लाल व अन्य भूस्वामियों की याचिका स्वीकार करते हुए अधिग्रहण की अधिसूचना रद कर दी है। इससे पहले उनके वकील ऋषि मल्होत्रा ने दलील दी थी कि सरकार ने अधिग्रहण से पहले धारा-5(ए) में उनके मुवक्किलों को सुनवाई का मौका नहीं दिया। हालांकि हाईकोर्ट ने उनकी यह दलील नहीं मानी थी और राज्य सरकार की उस रिपोर्ट को स्वीकार कर लिया था जिसमें आपत्तियां सुने जाने की बात कही गई थी, लेकिन सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने रिपोर्ट का विश्लेषण करने के बाद पाया कि अधिग्रहण अधिकारियों ने ज्यादातर आपत्तियां बिना सोचे विचारे मशीनी ढंग से निपटा दी थीं। लगभग सभी मामलों में लिख दिया गया था कि भू-स्वामी ज्यादा मुआवजा लेना चाह रहे हैं। सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने अपने फैसले में याचिकाकर्ता की आपत्तियों को दर्ज किया है जिसमें कहा गया है कि उनकी जमीन ज्यादा बहुमूल्य है और राष्ट्रीय राजमार्ग के पास है इसके अलावा और भी कई आधार दिए गए थे, लेकिन रिपोर्ट में इन्हें शामिल नहीं किया गया था। रिपोर्ट में उनकी सुनवाई होने का भी कोई साक्ष्य नहीं था। कोर्ट ने अधिग्रहण निरस्त करते हुए अपने आदेश में एक बार फिर कहा है कि जबरदस्ती भू-अधिग्रहण का कई बार गंभीर परिणाम होता है। कभी कभी तो भू-स्वामी भूमिहीन हो जाते हैं। ऐसे में भू-अधिग्रहण अधिकारियों को मनमाने तरीके से आपत्तियां नहीं निपटानी चाहिए।

    -Dainik jagran
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  • War far from over, 500 more petitions to come up for hearing in high court


    The land war between the government and farmers in Noida and Greater Noida at the Allahabad High Court is not yet over. The court has heard only half of the total quash-acquisition petitions filed by farmers as of now.

    The court heard, over a period of time, close to 500 petitions
    from 60-odd villages in both the cities and hiked post-acquisition benefits to farmers. But the tension for the government and other stakeholders has not completely lifted yet.

    About 500 more quash-acquisition petitions filed by 5,000-odd farmers have reached the court.

    “The court had set a cut-off date and these petitions reached late. They will all be heard very soon,” said a lawyer for farmers.

    The court has itself termed the filing of petitions a tsunami. Since the court has said the new benefits would be given only to those villages which had moved court, even those villages which had never thought of challenging the land acquisition are now having a change of mind.

    Justice SU Khan, a member of the three-judge bench of the Allahabad high court that delivered the Noida/Greater Noida land acquisition judgment on Friday, has said, “A bunch of more than 1,000 writ petitions (about half of which are to be decided after this judgment) have been filed. Almost all of which have been filed after the Supreme Court in July decided a land acquisition case.”

    The court has observed that almost all the land acquisitions in Noida and Greater Noida have been challenged.

    “The total number of petitioners is more than 10,000. Similar petitions are still being filed. It is not opening of flood gate. It is tsunami,” the judge has said.

    That’s not all. Now that the court has set a precedent, all other villages are bracing to move court, not willing to miss out on hiked compensation and high-value plots.

    Lawyers, who have been working overtime to represent farmers, say the next phase of petition-filing will commence post-Diwali.

    The 40-odd villages, which moved the court, include Patwari, Bisrakh, Itaidha, Haibatpur, Roja Yakoobpur, Sakipur, Junpat, Raipur Bangar, Kasna, Saini and Maicha.

    They are now entitled to 64% additional compensation and 10% plots in developed areas. There were villages, including Lakhnawali, Kyampur, Rampur Nawada and Habibpur, which had not moved court.

    “Since they are not entitled to the new benefits, they are thinking to move court now,” said the lawyer

    -HT
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