Farmers protest over Eastern Peripheral E-way
Soon after the construction work on Eastern Peripheral Expressway was resumed by Gautam Buddh Nagar's District Administration on Friday, hundreds of agitated farmers reached the construction spot and led a protest. The Farmers also stopped a passenger train near Bodaki village which affected the Delhi-Hawrah railway track for nearly an hour.
Additional District Magistrate, Ghanshyam Singh reached the spot along with heavy police force. They somehow managed to clear the rail route and arrested around fifty farmers along with their leader Sunil Fauji. The administration has again initiated a talk with the farmers after the protest in order to have a discussion over their issues.
The farmers are demanding an increased compensation saying that their counterparts in Ghaziabad have received between Rs 11,000-17,000 per square meter as land rate.
"We have been holding protest as we are given lower compensation as compared to the counterparts in Ghaziabad. As per the land acquisition act of 2013, farmers should get four times the prevalent market rate of their land as compensation. However, the Greater Noida Authority has said that the villages come under the area which will be developed as city under Master Plan 2013 and hence our land is being termed as falling in urban area. Moreover, we should be given employment or Rs 5 lakh each to the family member who is above 25 years of age" said a farmer's leader.
The Supreme Court had passed an order to construct the expressway around Delhi in 2005, in order to decongest and de-pollute its roads.
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