On Monday, the Allahabad High Court gave a clear indication that it will not entertain the farmers’ demand for four times compensation. Many Jewar farmers had been asking for a fourfold increase in the compensation for their land acquired for the construction of Jewar Airport. The High Court on Monday finally rejected their writ petitions demanding the same. The farmers, though, have said that they will now take their case to the Supreme Court.
The High Court decision has, for the time being, come as a relief to Noida administration, the main stakeholder in the construction of the airport. It plans to resume work immediately at the airport. Construction work had to stop because of the writ petition from the farmers and the on-going Lok Sabha elections.
On talking to the farmers, we learned that they are aware of this new development in their case. Reacting to the High Court judgment Rakesh Kumar, vice president, Jewar Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, said that they plan to challenge to the Allahabad HC decision in the Supreme Court.
All the same, some farmers are continuing with their protest at the temple in Kishorpur village asking for four times compensation for their land.