Changes in land acquisition law soon: Congress

Last Updated: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 17:09

New Delhi: Hours after the Allahabad High Court ordered cancellation of land acquisition in three Uttar Pradesh villages, the Congress Friday said changes in the national land acquisition law are in progress.

Reacting after the court cancelled acquisition of all land in two Greater Noida villages and one in Noida, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, "No judgment can satisfy all classes."
He said one could appeal "because this is not the final judgment, and second and most important is a fundamental change in the national acquisition law which is actively in progress but of course it will take some time".

"No judgment can satisfy all classes... either it hurts painfully those who sold their lands or those who have purchased newly-constructed flats or it hurts others," he added.

The court also raised compensation to farmers in 60 other villages by 64 percent. It called for immediate suspension of all construction and urbanization activity in 40 villages of Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh until a clearance was obtained from an officer of the rank of principal secretary that the work was in accordance with the norms laid down by the National Capital Region (NCR) Board.
"Unfortunately there has been a delay in making this law because the Congress has always desired that every stakeholder, different states, different parts of India travel together on this important issue."

According to Singhvi, the process of building a consensus on the issue has taken time.


First Published: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 17:09
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