Oppn welcomes SC order on Noida land acquisition

Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court`s decision to upheld the Allahabad High Court order quashing the acquisition of over 156 hectares of land from farmers in Greater Noida.

Updated: Jul 06, 2011, 19:36 PM IST

Lucknow: Opposition parties in Uttar
Pradesh on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court`s decision to
upheld the Allahabad High Court order quashing the acquisition
of over 156 hectares of land from farmers in Greater Noida and
allotting it to builders.

"Samajwadi Party welcomes the apex court decision to
cancel the Uttar Pradesh government`s acquisition of farmers`
land at Greater Noida," Leader of the Opposition in
Legislative Council, Ahmad Hasan said.

He claimed that the SC order has exposed the Mayawati
government`s connivance with mafias and builders.

"To benefit builders, costly and agricultural land of
the farmers is being acquired at throw away price by the BSP
government in violation of rules," Hasan alleged.

BJP state president Surya Pratap Shahi, while
welcoming the apex court decision, said that observation made
by the Supreme Court was an exact picturisation of the
situation of the farmers.

"From this, it is clear that how insensitive the BSP
government and Centre are and how farmers` land is being
acquired to benefit builders and industrialists," he alleged.

BJP national vice-president and UP in-charge Kalraj
Mishra said that court`s observation that whether spa, malls,
health clubs and swimming pools were constructed for farmers
and poor people is a matter of shame for the BSP government.

"If any morality is left in the Mayawati government,
which claims to be messiah of dalits and poor, then it should
demit after the comment made by the court," he said.

Besides upholding the Allahabad High Court order
quashing the land acquisition, the Supreme Court today also
imposed Rs 10 lakh as cost on the Greater Noida Industrial
Development Authority (GNIDA) and directed it to hand over the
land to the villagers and farmers.

PTI