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Haryana puts on hold land acquisition

Haryana Government decided to put on hold land acquisitions in the state, except in case of essential infrastructure projects, till the Land Acquisition Bill was cleared by Parliament.



Chandigarh: After the hue and cry over land
acquisition in Noida, the Haryana Government on Friday decided to
put on hold land acquisitions in the state, except in case of
essential infrastructure projects, till the Land Acquisition
Bill was cleared by Parliament.

The order for putting on hold land acquisitions in the
state was issued by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda
keeping in view the likely introduction of a new land
acquisition bill in the coming session of Parliament, an
official release said.
These instructions would, however, not apply to cases of
land acquisition for essential infrastructure projects such as
roads, sewerage system, canals, water channels, drainage
system and power projects, it said.

"Since the provisions of the new land acquisition bill
would have implications on land acquisition matters, the Chief
Minister found it desirable to wait for the outcome of the new
legislation before proceeding further in these cases," it
said.

Recently, the Allahabad High Court struck down acquisition
of hundreds of hectares of land in villages in Greater Noida -
dubbed as Noida Extension by builders - leading to uncertainty
over the fate of several residential projects in the region.
Around 50,000 people who had invested in builder flats in
Noida Extension - a part of Greater Noida - have been affected
by the court order which said land should be returned to the
farmers as the Uttar Pradesh government had not paid them
adequate compensation.

Law Minister M Veerappa Moily has said the Land
Acquisition Amendment Bill will include the recommendations
made by Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC) and
seek to ensure that there are "no more Singurs" in the
country.

PTI

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