There is good news for allottees of plots along the Yamuna Expressway as the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) said that 21,000 allottees will start getting possession by March next year.
The size of the plots up for possession ranges from 300 sqm to 4,000 sqm in sectors 18 and 20 of Yamuna Expressway.
The plots were put up for sale in the year 2009. But it faced several delays, however, as farmers from 77 villages, whose lands were acquired, demanded higher compensation. The plots were then priced at Rs 4,750 per sqm and were allotted through a lucky draw.
As per officials, allottees are facing a delay in securing possession of their plots due to farmer agitations. Farmers of nearly 77 villages in the area have been agitating for a hiked compensation of 64.7 percent for their acquired lands. In August last year, the Uttar Pradesh government had directed the YEIDA to pay enhanced compensation to farmers. However, it had come with a rider that farmers will have to withdraw their legal petitions and also hand over possession of land to the Authority to avail of the hike.
YEIDA had then started disbursement of the enhanced compensation. More than Rs 20 crore was distributed to farmers and YEIDA took possession of around 54 hectares of land that falls in sectors 18 and 20, where plot scheme were launched. However, the process came to a standstill when scores of farmers petitioned the court against the land acquisition process and also demanding hiked compensation for their acquired lands. Following legal petitions, all disbursement of compensation had been stopped.
YEIDA has to disburse about Rs 6000 crore as compensation to farmers from 77 villages falling in Greater Noida to Jewar areas. “We will leave no stone unturned in distributing the enhanced compensation to farmers,” said Arunvir Singh, CEO, YEIDA. “Redressing farmers’ issues and taking possession of the land for the development is our top priority. We will do this in a time-bound manner as soon as we receive formal directions from the government to start the disbursement. The orders could come in this week,” he added saying that once the process of taking possession of land from the farmers is complete, the land will be handed over to the allottees.