Six months after the Allahabad High Court directed the Noida and Greater Noida Authorities to give villagers developed plots on 10 per cent of their land that was acquired, no developed plots have been received by farmers so far. Villagers in the area said that while they have received the added compensation that the Allahabad High Court also ordered on October 21, the Authority’s failure to make good on the courts’ direction so far has resulted in them having no means of a stable income.
Manoj Yadav of Itehda village said, “First, our land was taken away because of the urgency clause, and we were told that roads and industrial projects would come up and give us employment and enable development in the area. Then we learned that the land had been given to builders. The lump sum that we got as added compensation will not last forever.”
The Noida Authority and the Greater Noida Authority both have different versions of why the process hasn’t gone forward. Officials at the Noida Authority said, “After the judgment, work was stalled as the model code of conduct came into force. After governments changed, a CEO has yet to be appointed, which is why big decisions like these are being delayed.”
While the Greater Noida Authority CEO has remained unchanged, officials of that authority point to a more generic problem. “The court allowed construction in all but three of the villages. Villagers want their developed plots right next to their residential land. If the land has already been notified for other projects, how can we give it to them? The builders will then take us to court.”