The plots were then priced at Rs 4,750 per sqm and were allotted through a lucky draw. About 21,000 allottees are finally set to get their plots along Yamuna Expressway, starting March next year. The plots, ranging from 300 sq m to 4,000 sq m in sectors 18 and 20, had gone up for sale in 2009 but their allotment was stalled as farmers demanded higher compensation for their acquired lands.
According to the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) officials, allottees faced delays in getting possession of their plots as farmers of the 77 villages where the plots were located have been agitating for 64.7% enhanced compensation .
In August 2014, the UP government directed YEIDA to pay enhanced compensation to the farmers on the condition that they withdraw their petitions and hand over the plots to the Authority.
The Authority had then started disbursing the enhanced compensation amount to the farmers. Over Rs 20 crore was disbursed, following which the Authority took possession of around 54 hectare of land in sectors 18 and 20, where the scheme was launched. The process, however, came to a standstill after scores of farmers filed a plea in the Allahabad high court against the land acquisition process.
The Authority has to disburse nearly Rs 6,000 crore as compensation to farmers belonging to 77 villages in the region between Greater Noida and Jewar. “We will leave no stone unturned in disbursing the enhanced compensation to farmers,” said Arunvir Singh, CEO of YEIDA.
“Redressing farmer issues and taking possession of the plots is our top priority and will be done in a time-bound manner as soon as we receive formal directions from the government to start compensation disbursement. The orders could come this week.” Once the process of taking possession of the plots is over, the allottees will start getting them, said Singh.