Over 500 farmers want land sold to Reliance Power back

Over 500 farmers want land sold to Reliance Power back

Farmers, whose lands have been acquired for Reliance Power Project, staging a dharna at district collectrate in Ghaziabad on Wednesday. PTI

The farmers' claim follows the High Court order that quashed a portion of the state government's 2004 notification for purchase of land for Reliance Power's Dadri power plant.

"As many as 566 farmers have applied today... we are yet to calculate the quantum of land claimed by them, but it could be around 600-700 acres... the process will continue till January 18," Additional District Magistrate (Finance) Sarvajeet Ram told PTI over phone.

The farmers wanted to repay the compensation amount in installments, saying they had spent the money, Ram said, but added there was no specific direction in the December four Allahabad High Court order about installments and a view would have to be taken by the administration.

Reliance Power has since filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court, appealing against the High Court order.

A Reliance Power spokesperson said the matter is before Supreme Court and is sub-judice and declined to comment.The Anil Ambani group company had acquired 2,200 acres of land for the Rs 10,000 crore project.

Appearing for the farmers, advocate Ashish Pratap Singh claimed that he filed the objections on behalf of 1,500 farmers before the Additional District Magistrate Sarvajeet Ram and requested him for time for return of the compensation amount.

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