Farmers protest on Delhi-Meerut expressway enters second day on Saturday

  • | Sunday | 20th September, 2020

While Ghaziabad farmers have sat on dharna at village Moradabad, another group of Meerut farmers have begun their protest at Achraunda village where construction of a toll plaza on the expressway is proposed.

Farmers continued their indefinite dharna on Delhi-Meerut expressway on Saturday marking the second day of the dharna.

Farmers of 24 villages of Ghaziabad and Meerut have continued to protest over their compensation, forcing the construction company to stop further work.

Land of farmers of 19 villages of Ghaziabad and five villages of Meerut district was acquired forthe 4th phase of the expressway between Meerut and Dasna of Ghaziabad. The protesters have been demanding an equal compensation for all the farmers whose land was acquired for the expressway and service roads.

Earlier in the week, agitated farmers had taken out a three-day march from a Meerut-Ghaziabad boarder village which ended at the Ghaziabad district magistrate’s office on Thursday but the talks between officials and farmers eventually failed.

Dr Babli Gurjar, convener of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, said, “We are demanding equal compensation for farmers whose land was acquired for the expressway and service roads. The talks concluded without any outcome and officials demanded 10 days to resolve the issue.”

“ We have given them 10 days but won’t allow them to continue work on the expressway until they come out with a solution,” said Gurjar.

While Ghaziabad farmers have sat on dharna at village Moradabad, another group of Meerut farmers have begun their protest at Achraunda village where construction of a toll plaza on the expressway is proposed.

Families of farmers have also joined them, cooking their meals on the expressway and singing bhajans at the protest site.

Later in the day, sub divisional magistrate, tehseeldar and circle officer of Modinagar (Ghaziabad) held a meeting with protesting farmers at the venue. After assurances from additional district magistrate (land acquisition) on telephone, farmers allowed authorities to restart construction but decided to continue their dharna. They also warned they will stop the work again if their demands were not met in eight days.



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