Thursday, October 20, 2011

Noida Land notification for three villages quashed

The Allahabad High Court has quashed the land notification for three villages - Asadullapur, Shaberi Village and Devla village.

The court has also disposed off all other petitions. Farmers of other villages will get 10 per cent of developed land and enhanced compensation.

491 petitions had been filed in the court against land acquisitions in Noida and Greater Noida on housing projects on nearly 5000 hectares of land.

Farmers from 63 villages had filed petitions, alleging that the Uttar Pradesh government acquired their land by invoking the "urgency clause", which deprived them to demand considerable compensation from the authority. A full bench of the court had on September 30 reserved its judgement in these cases after hearing the versions of the state government, farmers, builders and buyers for more than two weeks.

Pankaj Dubey, the Counsel for farmers, had argued that the state's reason for invoking emergency is not genuine, "it is just a tailor made justification".

In July this year, the Supreme Court struck down the acquisition of 156 hectares in Noida extension as illegal. The Supreme Court agreed with the Allahabad High Court which said 156 hectares in the Shaberi Village in Greater Noida had been taken from farmers for industrial projects, but was actually being sold to commercial developers for high-profitable apartment complexes.

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