Real estate gurus in the Noida region are worried a lot on Tuesday. Mega projects such as construction of the Formula 1 motor racing track were possible due to considerable political backing during the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) regime. However, farmers, caught in the recent land acquisition row in the same area are rejoicing after the UP election result.
As Noida and Greater Noida, next to Delhi, had gained in prominence under Mayawati as the UP chief minister, Lucknow would get the same treatment now, experts said after the results to the five state elections were announced.
So, now Lucknow may well become the new real estate capital of Uttar Pradesh under the Samajwadi Party’s rule in the state, as a result of clear shift from Noida at present.
Sanjay Sharma of Qubrex, referred to industrialist Subrata Roy’s close associations with the SP. “They (Sahara) would gain. Sahara has Sahara City Homes in Lucknow and various places in Uttar Pradesh. He also said that “They have acquired a lot of land in UP”.
As a result, even the small developers in Lucknow will benefit from this shifted focus.
With the Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissing as withdrawn a special leave petition (SLP) filed by a group of Patwari farmers ,who challenged the Government ‘s move to work out an out of court settlement with farmers , The greater noida industrial development authority (GNIDA) is confident that the crises in Patwari will be resolved soon. There’s relief for 20,000 homebuyers who have booked flats in projects coming up in Noida Extention’s paywari village.
The Dismissal of the SLP and the indications that the Allahabad high court will begin hearing the Noida and Greater Noida land acquisition cases only after two weeks have allowed the government more time to make more and more Patwari farmers fall in line.
Not only homebuyers but projects like Metro line which is proposed from Noida to Greater Noida road (140 Metre wide, 28 Kms long) , a Greater Noida – Ghaziabad road (60 Metre wide , 22 Kms Long) will also get a new lease if life.
The authority had allotted 3,000 residential plots to people , plus there are number of corporate offices , besides schools and other institutions in that area. A section of farmers in Patwari , where the state government on August 6 struck a higher compensation deal to revive real estate projects , had moved the Supreme Court against the arrangement. Greater Noida chief executive officer Rama Raman termed the SC order “a positive sign”.
A two judge bench of the same court on July 19 quashed forcible acquition of 589 hectares of land in Patwari. But another two judge bench of the same court , while hearing some remaining petitions from Patwari on July 26 , referred the matter to the higher bench for hearing. The court also allowed the contesting parties time till August 12 for the settlement.
Farmer Layer Mr Parminder Bhati said “our contentions was when the HC had quashed acquition in Patwari village , the remaining petitions should have got the same relief. In the name of out of court settlements , government, officials and its heavy weight politicians have been putting pressure on farmers”
Farmers also claimed the court’s stand on Wednesday as victory for them. Ranveer Pradhan a farmer said “we thought we might not get back our land.but the court has approved of the july 19 verdict of the high court”.”The court has said the July 19 verdict was in favour of farmers and assured if the high court’s higher bench ruled against the interest of farmers they can move the Supreme Court.” Said Bhati.
Greater Noida: The out of court agreement reached between a 15-member committee of Patwari and the officials are super quick in making payment of revised land rates. Officials on Tuesday distributed cheques among 24 farmers. Another 14 farmers have signed the draft agreement. The CEO Rama Raman of GNIDA confirmed the payment.
If the Patwari pact stands, it will save 20,000 under constructed houses in the village. Generally, authority takes months to pay compensations but in it’s desperation this time the authority is issuing cheques in hurry. GNIDA will give the increased cash compensation to only those farmers who agree to the deal through affidavits, stating they will withdraw petitions and will never challenge the deal in court. The authority, three years ago acquired 589 hectares of land in Patwari at Rs 850 per sq m. About 15% of farmers have not accepted the compensation. Now, the compensation has been hiked to Rs 1400 per sq m. Of Rs 550 hiked, Rs 290 will be borne by the builders.
The lands in Noida and Greater Noida will make houses costlier in both cities. Out of 54 villages in Noida, 40 have been agitating for plots for years. So, more land is still required. There will be no land left for allotment to developers. Demand for land is ever increasing; land prices are bound to go up considerably. Apart from 10,000 odd farmers who are seeking developed land plots, about 4500 farmers in 11 villages of Noida, whose land was acquired before 1997 have also launched an agitation.
The authority says in order to meet the demand the option of raising floor area ratio that allows construction of bulkier buildings. But this alone can’t solve the crisis. The land rates have to go up.
In Greater Noida, the situation is different. Here, two court decisions have quashed forcible acquisition of about 750 hectares of land in two villages. Other villages have also moved court. The process of out-of-court settlement is on. If the farmers are paid more, land prices automatically will go up. If there is no out-of-court settlement, land has to be reacquired under the state’s new acquisition policy, which leaves less saleable land with the authority.
Greater Noida: 11 days left for the state government to work out an out of court settlement with Noida Extension farmers, the GNIDA has rushed talks but without success. The discussion between authority and the farmers of Patwari village failed on the issue of compensation, because back to back court orders quashing forcible land acquisition. The fate of 1 lakh houses in Noida Extension hangs in the balance.
The CEO of GNIDA Rama Raman, faced a hostile crowd of farmers, who said if the authority could not hike the compensation then there is no point of holding this discussion. They also accused the authority of trying dividing farmers by giving rehabilitations and other benefits to selected farmers, to weaken the movement against land acquisition.
Farmer leader said the authority is trying to play divide and rule policy by keeping land of some influential farmers. He told CEO, no out of court settlement could be reached out without hiking the compensation. The CEO said 4 bighas of land belonging to the village head would be regularized and not termed as encroachment.
The discussion between the authority and the Patwari village’s farmers failed on the issue of compensation. The authority wants to acquire the land and pay according to new acquisition and rehabilitation policy which allows the authority to give farmers bigger developed land plots, Rs 200 more per sqm as cash compensation, besides annuity payouts.
In Noida extension land buyers woes know no end. The Allahabad court quashed acquisition of about 600 hectares of land in village Patwari. Almost 20,000 buyers have been affected. But the damage caused is huge. The court deferred its hearing on a petition till July 26 challenging the acquisition of 466 hectares of land in Roza-Yaqoobpur village.
The GNIDA will have to dig up two important inter-city road links and make the stretch fit for cultivation. The authority will not be able to build its Metro line from Noida to Greater Noida via Noida extension. The CEO Rama Raman, GNIDA, confirmed the undoing of the road links and shelving of Metro project.
GNIDA has so far spent INR 1500 crore in Noida extension in terms of development to its infrastructure. The common catchphrase is, when roads have to be dug up and returned then why build one? The Deputy CEO Akhilesh Singh of GNIDA said, 70% work on Greater Noida – Noida road which is 130mtr wide and 28 Km long is over. The link was even operational in patches. But since it passes through Shahberi, Patwari and some other villages, so this road might have to be returned to the farmers in the form of agricultural field. Similarly, the Greater Noida – Ghaziabad road which stretches 60mtr wide, 22 Km long will have to be undone as its land also falls within the affected areas of Noida Extension.
Omaxe Ltd. is going to develop a Hi-tech township spread over about 2700 acres in Lucknow the city of nawabs. Garv Buildtech Private Ltd, a subsidiary of Omaxe, has entered into a MoU to develop the said Hi-tech Township in Lucknow.
The Hi-Tech Township which is expected to yield estimated revenue of over Rs 2800 crores will be executed over a period of 5-7years and is slated to cater to the growing demand of quality living space in the city. The township is strategically located on the proposed Lucknow Ring Road in close proximity to Lucknow Airport and only half an hour drive from Hazratganj, center of Lucknow city.
Speaking on the announcement, Mr. Rohtas Goel, CMD, Omaxe Ltd said, “The hitech township is an attempt to recreate an entirely new living experience in the city of Nawabs. There is already substantial pressure on the existing infrastructure and this township will attempt to ease the demand by providing state of the art facilities in close quarters. This hi-tech township will indeed reinforce the commitment to develop and deliver a world class product to the new aspiring class of local residents and the migrants from other cities.”