Farmers in Uttar Pradesh rejected Chief Minister Mayawati’s fresh attempt by offering higher compensation for their land acquired for the Yamuna Expressway project and threatened to stall the construction work.
The farmers continued with their protest in front of the Chhalesar police outpost in Agra for the third day and rejected Mayawati’s offer of Rs. 580 per sq metre along with the promise to give special impetus to milk production, animal husbandry, pisciculture, horticulture and sericulture to increase the farmers’ income.
According to spokesperson of the farmers’ action committee, the farmers want a compensation at the rate of Rs. 850 square metres which is what was paid to farmers from neighbouring Noida.
In another development, Mahendra Singh Tikait threatened to stop the work along the Noida-Agra expressway sector if their demands for compensation were not met.