As India’s rendezvous with Formula 1 at Buddh International Circuit comes closer with every passing day, farmers at greater Noida whose land was apparently forcefully acquired to make way for the Circuit are up in arms against the authorities. Helpless farmers, in an open letter to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh have threatened to disrupt the event unless their demands are properly met. If the threat turns out to be true, it would certainly dampen the sentiments as the maiden 2011 Indian Grand Prix being a large scale global event is sure to attract international press and media.
Jaypee Sports International spokesperson said that the threats from the farmers do not affect the organizers in any whatsoever way and they are sure that there would be no hurdle in holding the event which is scheduled to get underway on October 28th at BIC, Greater Noida. The District Magistrate has also appointed extra security force and measures as a precautionary action. Any illegal act due to mob rage, riots, or street blocking would make the international audience skeptical.
Around 200 farmers who alleged that their land was acquired for industrial purposes said that they were seeking additional compensation while authorities say that the aforementioned land was acquired for development and compensation was adequately paid to all the land owners. Farmers also demanded that Jaypee Group (JPSI), organizers of the event should adopt adjoining villages and initiate the development work.