HC quashes acquisition of 5 hectares of land in Gr Noida
Last Updated: Friday, March 23, 2012, 21:39
Allahabad: In yet another case of annulment of land acquisition by Uttar Pradesh government in Greater Noida, the Allahabad High Court Friday directed authorities to return five hectares of land to two farmers from Gautam Buddh Nagar district.

The court also imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on the state government and the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA).

A division bench comprising justices Sunil Ambawani and Manoj Mishra gave the verdict on the writ petition of Ram Singh and another farmer, who owned 4.9 hectares of land in village Briandi Chakrasenpur under Pargana Dadri tehsil which had not been taken possession of despite a notification for acquisition being issued over three years ago.

The petitioners had moved the court challenging acquisition of their land, on which they had been carrying out farming besides having built houses, vide notification dated November 19, 2008 whereby a total of 9.8 hectares of land was acquired in the village for the purpose of "planned industrial development".

The petitioners had submitted that their land was acquired without the district authorities or the GNIDA having discussed the matter with them and stated that they were not interested in compensation or a share in the developed land but only wanted back their plot, which had so far not been taken possession of.

The court allowed the petition while holding that the respondents' objection to returning the land to petitioners on the ground that "leaving a plot will raise concrete jungle and will affect the planning" was "totally devoid of force".


First Published: Friday, March 23, 2012, 21:39

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