Nearly four years after the land acquisition row broke out in Greater Noida (west), the aftershocks continue to be felt. Almost 21,000 individual allottees of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (Yeida) land have threatened to launch a stir and move court against the Authority’s decision to pay enhanced compensation to farmers and passing on the burden to them.
On Wednesday, a group of affected residential allottees also wrote to UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, seeking relief from the additional burden.
Ordered by the Allahabad high court in October 2011 to pay enhanced compensation to farmers whose land had been acquired in the area, the Authority has decided that 30,000 individual allottees will have to cough up anything between Rs 550 to Rs 1,770 per sq m to share its burden. Allottees have to pay the extra burden in four installments, once every six months. The first installment is due on October 30, 2015.
According to Yeida officials, all plot owners, who have been allotted land in Yeida, will have to pay this extra amount. Requisite notices have already been sent to them, officials said. “The allottees will have to clear the ‘dues’ within two years in four installments,” said Arunveer Singh, additional CEO of Yeida.
“While allottees owning residential land will have to pay an additional Rs 1,330/sq m, owners of group housing flats will pay Rs 1,770/sq m. Allottees of other categories of land use like institutional and built-up houses will pay Rs 1,770/sq m, while industrial land allottees will be charged an extra Rs 550/sq m. After the court’s order, we are required to compensate the farmers with about Rs 6,500 crore. Considering the financial status of the Authority, we have no choice but to pass it on to allottees,” he added.
Meanwhile, under the banner of Yamuna Authority Plot Allottees Association, plot owners said they are not willing to shell out extra amount for distribution among farmers as hiked cash relief. “Yeida’s sudden demand for extra money from the Yeida after six years of allotment has shocked us. We have written to the CM that this is unethical and illogical, and should be withdrawn,” said Sanjeev Kumar, who owns a plot in Sector 20.
“We are middle-class people. From where will we be able to bear this burden,” said another allottee, Rajeev Nagar.
“This is totally unfair as despite being promised possession in 2014, we are yet to get our property from Yeida. And now they want extra money to compensate famers,” said Yogesh Tiwari, who has a plot in Sector 18.
Angered by Yeida’s decision, allottees claimed they are being wrongly burdened. Owners of sectors 18, 20 besides a host of others, will have to shell out anything between Rs 4 and 53 lakh as plot sizes range from 300 to 4,000 sq m.