The recent court verdicts against land acquisitions in Noida Extension have also affected the fate of projects in Noida. Farmers of Noida started demanding reopening of all acquisition cases since the satellite township was established forcing the authority to listen to them. Since the agitations over issues related to land acquisition began, homebuyers, developers and investors have been experiencing a sense of dismay over the fate of projects in Noida. However, BALVINDER KUMAR, the chairman and CEO of Noida authority, in a conversation with A K TIWARY has assured all the parties concerned that the disputes have been dealt with tactfully

The ripples of the court cases in Noida Extension have spread to Noida with farmers there demanding reopening of all acquisition cases since the satellite township was established. Do you think their demands are genuine and how do you intend to tackle them?

Such demands are not acceptable. We are maintaining that it is not possible to revise compensation rates for land that has already been acquired. The farmers have also finally come round to our view and understood our limitations. They were demanding not just higher compensation but also for digging up abadi disputes (5% abadi land, etc) and special quota for their children in educational institutes in Noida. These were genuine. We have worked out on their demands and have finally accepted those we deem are reasonable.

What are the demands that the authority has accepted? How would these be implemented?
In a recent meeting held with representatives of farmers and authority officials, assurances have been given from both sides. The authority promised to resolve all disputes related to abadi lands in villages and to give developed plots equaling 5% of their acquired abadi land within three months. In the first phase, abadi of 15 villages like Asgarpur, Sorkha, Sultanpur, Hoshiyarpur, Shahdara, Wazidpur, etc, will be regularized on a priority base. We have also accepted the farmers' demand for a written assurance about redressing their grievances within a time frame and sent out letters to the Gram Pradhans of all the 54 villages in Noida. After an assurance to meet all the grievances, expect higher compensation, the farmers have dropped the demand for increased compensation.

Do you think, after the pact, farmers won't appeal against verdicts in pending land and rehabilitation disputes?
No, I don't think so, because for this they have given a written assurance.

Are you sure that such a pact (Noida farmers' pact with Noida authority) will encourage Greater Noida farmers too?
Yes, we are quite hopeful. The terms of settlement will set a positive response among the farmers who are protesting in Noida Extension and Yamuna Expressway. The farmers are now willing to put off all agitations and we are hopeful that this settlement will encourage the Greater Noida farmers to talk to the Greater Noida authority and sort out their disputes amicably as well.

Apart from present land row, tell us something about future prospect of Noida. What is the Noida authority doing to speed up the development of this subcity?
Today, this emerging sub-city is known as an institutional, industrial and IT hub. Many MNCs and domestic companies are setting shop here every year. The authority has allocated sufficient land for developmental works, which will surely attract more MNCs here.

After the government gave a clearance for 100% foreign investments, how many MNCs have approached Noida?
Keeping pace with established project innovativeness and mission of changing the very face of this smart city, a lot of builders and developers are competing in the real estate market. To uplift the lifestyle of residents, the authority has allotted large tracts of land for the development of institutional and commercial plots.
The authority has allotted land to a number of hotels (14 hotel sites were sold at a cost of 70,000 per sq metre along the Noida Greater Noida Expressway) and institutions. On requisition of the BCCI, we have earmarked 40 acres land for an international cricket ground in Sectors 101, 102, 103 near the Expressway, which will be part of the 300-acre sports complex.
In Sector 18, an Appu , a largest shopping-cum-entertainment and amusement centre, is already operational. The Appu has been designed keeping in mind the contemporary setting of Noida. The project has a large-format, hyper eight-screen multiplex, a family entertainment zone, a 5-star hotel, and modern shopping outlet. Amongst the leading and notable brands that have already taken space in the Appu are Reliance Industries Limited, Marks & Spencer, Adidas, Pepe Jeans, Costa Coffee, Tacfab, Pizza Hut, Nike, among others. Amalgamating the best resources from across the world, the project has been conceptualized and developed as a structure that is the best in its class, an architectural and customer satisfaction landmark with state-of-theart design.

With all these developments, has there been a significant change in the basic living condition in Noida?
Certainly! You can see for yourself that the place has changed for the good. The suburbs of Delhi have been improving rapidly and Noida is leading the pack in the NCR. People from Delhi prefer to shift and settle here because we are trying a lot to provide better facilities and job opportunities. Today, the place has become an industrial hub with a lot of MNCs and foreign investors making a beeline here. We have also allocated large parcels of land for developing new sectors.

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THE AUTHORITY HAS ALLOTTED LAND TO A NUMBER OF HOTELS (14 HOTEL SITES WERE SOLD AT A COST OF 70,000 PER SQ METRE ALONG THE NOIDA GREATER NOIDA EXPRESSWAY) AND INSTITUTIONS. ON REQUISITION OF THE BCCI, WE HAVE EARMARKED 40 ACRES LAND FOR AN INTERNATIONAL CRICKET GROUND IN SECTORS 101, 102, 103 NEAR THE EXPRESSWAY, WHICH WILL BE PART OF THE 300-ACRE SPORTS COMPLEX
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  • I dont find any encouraging comments in this whole interview...

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