Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court on Monday commenced hearing on writ petitions challenging acquisition of
3000 hectares of land by the authorities in Greater Noida with
farmers arguing the government took it invoking an "urgency
clause" depriving them of an opportunity to raise objections.
A full bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan, S U Khan
and V K Shukla began hearing on the petitions filed by the
farmers, who demanded quashing of the acquisition proceedings,
from Patwari village in Gautam Buddh Nagar district.
They submitted through their counsel that while the land
was acquired for industrial development, the government
"changed the land use" and handed it over to private builders.
On the other hand, the government argued that with the
construction of roads and drainage system "substantial
development" had taken place on the acquired land and a "third
party interest" had also emerged with a number of builders and
flat buyers investing in the housing projects.
More than 400 farmers from over 12 villages have moved
the High Court challenging acquisition of their land.
The hearing is likely to continue tomorrow.