DELHI: Greater Noida Authority has begun leasing back abadi land to farmers of 39 villages who had been disgruntled over acquisition for industrial development of the area. In the first phase, the Authority has handed back 82,000 sqm of abadi land to 37 farmers of Bisrakh village.
The Authority completed re-registration of this land with their rightful owners on September 7. Officials said the process to settle abadi issues of rest of the villages is also underway.
Significant protests were seen in Greater Noida after the Authority notified acquisition of abadi land for ‘planned industrial development’. Thousands of farmers fearing loss of their homesteads, apart from their farmlands, had protested against the move.
“A set of terms and conditions have also been imposed upon farmers while leasing back abadi land to prevent unscrupulous land dealings and restrict haphazard growth of the region,” said Harish Verma, ACEO, Greater Noida Authority.
While a number of farmers had agreed to part with their homesteads too in lieu of compensation, thousands of others had chosen to stay in possession of abadi land.