The official also said land issues involving group housing projects in Noida Extension (Greater Noida West) would also be resolved by the administration, in this case Greater Noida Authority (GNA). The official added that GNA will resume purchasing land in Greater Noida, where acquisition has been cancelled by Allahabad high court. So far, the three authorities — Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway — acquired land from farmers at fixed rates. They will negotiate directly with farmers now to buy land at market rates. “We hope deals can be struck with mutual consent. Homebuyers will not suffer if farmers sell land directly,” said an official of the Greater Noida Authority.
Farmer leader Manveer Bhati was cautious about the proposal. “Officials are trying to establish that farmers are eager to sell land to the Authority. We’ll lose out if the Authority does not offer good rates. So, only after examining offers will we go forward,” he said.
The decision, say officials, came after the administration realized that land not purchased under clauses of the new land acquisition act could be a major hindrance for infrastructure development in the region.
Farmers and GNA are locked in a legal battle in nearly 400 cases in various courts. “If we are to deliver projects like DMIC then direct purchase is the only way,” the official added.
GNA has started buying land for two bridges across Hindon between Noida and Greater Noida. It also needs a 200 sq km area in the Noida-Dadri-Ghaziabad belt for an integrated industrial township. “We have 200 acres of land ready to be handed over for the DMIC project. But the remaining land is yet to be purchased,” the official said.
Yamuna Expressway Authority (YEIDA) is ready to buy agricultural land for urbanization along the 165km speedway. It had earlier planned to acquire 2,000 hectares but approvals from UP government and other agencies are still pending. “To avoid disputes, YEIDA will follow Noida and Greater Noida and directly purchase agricultural land,” said a YEIDA official.