On the eastern fringes of teeming New Delhi, construction sites criss-cross vast tracts of cleared farmland in Greater Noida as a stampede of developers rush to build cheaper, suburban apartments for India's swelling urban middle class.
But this is India, a nation struggling to modernise, and the building boom has become entangled in a lot of the same problems that have often held back the breakneck growth of Asia's third largest economy: corruption, political meddling, haphazard development planning, and a shifting legal landscape.
Greater Noida's land woes are also a microcosm of a broader dilemma facing India: balancing the livelihoods of villagers with the need to maintain economic growth, revamp shoddy infrastructure and acquire enough land to build mass housing for urban dwellers.
Text: Sanjeev Choudhary and James Pomfret, Reuters
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Image: Men cycle past a closed booking centre for residential apartments at Greater Noida.