New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought
a response from the Centre and Haryana government on a
petition seeking its directions to restrain the state
government from acquiring 2,700 acre land for a township in
A bench of justices J M Panchal and H L Gokhale issued
notices to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest, Union
Ministry of Urban Development and Haryana government on a
petition filed by NGO Bharat Bhoomi Bachao Sangharsh Samiti.
The NGO contended agricultural land, which is "one of the
most fertile land of India", is being acquired for the
proposed township while barren land is available in a nearby
"Though admittedly, there was a barren land which was
available in the same tehsil Rohtak, most suitable for the
purpose of acquisition for establishing the township, the
government has attempted to acquire huge tracts of lucrative
arable lands surrounding the same," Ramesh Dalal, President of
the NGO, contended.
The Haryana State Industrial and Infrastrucure
Development Corporation had acquired about 1,800 acre land in
Rohtak in 2006-08 for the fist and second phase of the project
and is now acquiring another 938 acres for the third phase.