New Delhi: The Supreme Court today stuck to
its order of maintaining status quo on a stretch of land along
river Gomti in Lucknow, which was converted from green belt in
the Master Plan 2021 to residential use.
The apex court was hearing an appeal against the
Allahabad High Court order dismissing the petitions of the
holders of the land who had challenged the acquisition of the
land by Uttar Pradesh government for residential use.
The petitioners have also challenged the notification by
the state government in March 2005 for acquiring land using
the emergency power.
The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) in 2005 had
decided to sell the plots under the housing scheme "Gomti
Nagar at Vyom Khand".
The decision was challenged in the High Court by an
individual land owner as well as cultivators who had sought
quashing of that part of the master plan by which the LDA had
changed the land use by a subsequent notification.
Later, the state government changed its plan and
developed the land into a large park.
During the hearing before a Bench comprising Justice R V
Raveendran and Justice H L Gokhle, the petitioners, through
senior advocates Rohington Nariman and P S Patwalia, submitted
that there was apprehension that the park would be used for
construction of statues.
This submission was refuted by senior advocates K K
Venugopal and S C Mishra, who appeared for Uttar Pradesh
government. They submitted the entire area has been developed
into a park and no statue would be installed.
The Bench allowed the plea of the advocates that LDA
should continue with its work of maintenance of the park.
The apex court had on March 20, 2006, directed for
maintaining status quo and on September 19, 2009, allowed the
plea by Uttar Pradesh government to construct 5.95 km of bundh
through the acquired land on account of the floods in the
The court today adjourned the matter by admitting the
appeal against the order of the High Court.