Noida farmhouse project caused Rs 1200 cr loss?

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has challenged the Noida Authority’s decision to allot land at cheap rates for a farmhouse project.

Last Updated: Jul 12, 2011, 15:57 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Lucknow: Days after the Supreme Court set aside the allotment of farmland to private builders in Greater Noida, a fresh Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed, Tuesday, challenging the Noida Authority’s decision to allot land at cheap rates for a farmhouse project.

The PIL filed by BJP leader Nawab Singh Nagar in the Allahabad High Court alleges that the Noida Authority acquired 55 hectares of land in Dosptpur and Manglori villages and transferred it to individuals to build farm houses at cheap rates.

It has been alleged that the decision has caused a loss of Rs 1200 crore to the state exchequer. The court while accepting the PIL has posted the matter for further hearing on July 14.

In another setback to the state government, the High Court today slammed it for the acquisition of farmland in Bulandshahar district in 2002 against the wishes of the farmers.

The court asked the government as to why land was acquired without providing adequate compensation and consent of the farmers.

The court has given one month time to UPSIDC to talks to farmers.