HC notice to Gujarat, Centre on Dholera SIR issue
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Thursday issued notices to the state and Central governments over a PIL challenging a notification which enacted the Special Investment Region in Dholera town of Ahmedabad.
The High Court division bench of Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala directed the state, Central authorities and also the Dholera SIR authority to file reply within two weeks.
The High Court acted upon a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by state-based farmers` body `Gujarat Khedut Samaj` and residents of 22 villages of Dholera who have challenged the state government`s notification of 2009.
"The Government of Gujarat had enacted the Special Investment Region (SIR) Act in 2009. As per section 17 of the Act, the government can apply the `Gujarat Town Planning and Urban Development Act` under which it has the right to take away 50 per cent of the farmers` land without any compensation," the PIL said.
The powers and jurisdiction of the panchayats have been restricted to village boundary only, the PIL further said.
"The provisions of the SIR Act are contrary to the provisions of the Constitution pertaining to panchayats, and is therefore unconstitutional," the petitioner alleged.
The PIL, while demanding interim relief, has sought stay over industrial and construction activities in Dholera SIR.
As per the petitioner, Dholera SIR was conceptualised in the `2007 Vibrant Gujarat Summit` which was held under the regime of the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
However, the final plan was made out in 2011, the petitioner said.
The Dholera SIR will also be a part of Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), hence the Central government is also made respondent in the case, a farmers` rights activist involved with the petition said.
The High Court has posted further hearing in the matter on August 7.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- UP: Jammu-bound Muri Express derails in Kaushambi
- Five unmanned parachute-like objects spotted over Mumbai airport
- CBSE Board Class 12th Exam Results 2015 declared
- Jaipur girl Mini Rajpal wins Miss India Deaf 2015!
- Dawood's intercepted phone calls prove yet again he is in Pakistan
- One year of Modi govt: How satisfied is the common man?
- Delhi's 2015 CBSE Class 12 topper M Gayatri talks to Zee Media
- Mumbai architecture creates double decker bus from scrap!
- One year of Modi govt: How satisfied is the common man? Part-2
- One year of Modi govt: PM addresses mega rally in Mathura
- No respite from heat for next three days: IMD
- Police registers case after parachute-like objects were spotted over Mumbai airport
- Growing medical negligence in Delhi's AIIMS
- DNA: Sikh man in New Zealand removed his turban to help injured kid
- Watch: Mumbai cops find new secret agents in housewives!
- Heatwave claims over 550 lives so far, Delhi saw hottest day
- Cbse.nic.in & cbseresults.nic.in Class 12th XII Results 2015: CBSE Board Class 12th XII Exam Results 2015 declared
- LIVE - Cbse.nic.in & cbseresults.nic.in Class 12th XII Results 2015: CBSE Board Class 12th XII Exam Results 2015 to be announced shortly
- Check cbseresults.nic.in for CBSE Class 12 result 2015
- IPL 2015 final: Mumbai Indians thrash Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs to lift second title
- Check WBBSE (wbresults.nic.in) Class 12th Results: West Bengal Board (wbscvet.org) Higher Secondary Class XII Vocational Results to be declared today at 4 PM
- Two dead, over 100 injured as Muri Express derails in UP; Prabhu announces Rs 2 lakhs ex-gratia for kin of dead
- Mathura rally: PM Modi slams 'corrupt' UPA regime, lauds NDA govt's efforts in past one year
- PM Narendra Modi's Mathura rally: As it happened
- CBSE Class 12 results out: Here's how you can check
- Public rally on 100 days of AAP govt: As it happened
- CBSE Board 12th XII Results 2015: Cbse.nic.in & cbseresults.nic.in Class 12th XII Exam Results 2015 to be announced today at 12 Noon
- Kejriwal lists AAP govt's achievements of 100 days, slams Centre's 'dictatorial attitude'
- Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party changes its logo
- Unidentified flying objects spotted over Mumbai airport not motorised: Home Department