Allahabad High Court strikes down land acquisition in Greater Noida/Noida Extention

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    Greater Noida, May 12 (IANS) The Allahabad High Court Thursday struck down the acquisition of land by the Greater Noida authority in Sahberi village where leading builders Amrapali, Supertech and Mahagun have launched their residential schemes under the name of Noida Extension.

    In its order, the high court de-notified the entire land of Sahberi village for not giving the farmers an opportunity to file their protest under section 5 of the Land Acquisition Act (LA Act).

    The Greater Noida Authority had on June 10, 2009 notified the village land of Sahberi and later took physical possession of it by entering it in revenue records. It deposited the compensation in the district treasury to be given to farmers whose land was acquired. After formalizing the process of the Land Acquisition Act, the land was allotted to the real estate developers.

    Farmer leader Satya Pal Chaudhary and 20 affected farmers challenged the acquisition process and filed writ petitions before the Allahabad High Court against the ‘arbitrary acquisition’ of land by not giving farmers an opportunity to file their objections. The high court clubbed the 21 cases together and initiated legal proceedings.

    After hearing arguments from both sides, the three-judge bench comprising Justice S.N. Mehrotra, Justice Sunil Ambwani and Justice K.N. Pandey set aside the process of acquisition and declared the entire land of Sahberi village as de-notified.

    In their judgment, the court observed that the entire process of acquiring the land was illegal. The farmers were not given an opportunity to file their objection, the court said.

    ‘After the pronouncement of the judgment the entire land of village Sahberi stands de-notified. The parties whether they had gone to the high court or not would be benefitted by the judgment since the court has de-notified the entire stock of land of the village,’ said petitioner and farmer leader Satya Pal Chaudhary.

    The ruling comes even as a controversy has erupted over land acquisition in Greater Noida for the 156-km Yamuna Expressway that is to connect Agra with New Delhi.

    Farmers demanding more compensation for their acquired land clashed with the police, leaving four people dead in firing last week.

    Farmers allege that in villages falling under Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway Authority areas, the Mayawati government used the Land Acquisition Act’s provisions to suspend their right to object.

    G Noida / Yamuna Eway Land Acquisition Issues - NCRHomes.com - Latest News on NCR-Delhi Realty & Infra Projects

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    Important to note:

    as quoted by Jeetender Gupta: the bigger builders like omaxe, jaypee, unitech, BPTP are all operating in Noida Belt but not a single one entered Noida Extn, since they all knew there was acquisition issues there. (Jeetender Gupta query reply by Jeetender Gupta indiaspaces Noida Extension : HC Strikes Down Land Acquistion)

    MD of Gaursons said that people should not confuse the Sahberi village with the entire Noida Extension.It is only a small portion of the entire development.This will not have any impact on the other projects in the area.

    Total area denotified: 156 hectares.

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    Multiple roadblocks for F1 track officials:

    Barely 150 metres from the track stands a decades old peer baba temple, which has become the bone of contention, as the villagers fear their popular place of worship could be demolished.

    However, the F1 circuit boss said the issues would be smoothly resolved.

    “It is a samadhi, not a temple and we fully empathise with the local people,” Sameer Gaur, MD and CEO, Jaypee Sport International Ltd (JPSL), told HT.

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    it is important to note, F1 track is not on the land which now stands denotified which comes under the jaypee international sports city (a 5,500acre city), but this is more of a local issue.

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    Farmers' agitation: Mayawati govt sold Noida farmlands it didn't own:

    About one-and-a-half years ago, the authority floated a residential scheme under which 21,000 plots of sizes ranging between 300 square metres to 4,000 square metres were allotted, all at one go. The combined area of the plot is said to be greater than the total area of all plots offered by the Greater Noida Authority over the past 20 years.

    But the shocking part is that the Yamuna Expressway Authority allotted the plots which it did not legally possess. Apart from the authority , more than 1,000 private builders have also been selling plots on which they have no legal possession.

    Farmers' agitation: Mayawati govt sold Noida farmlands it didn't own : Uttar Pradesh: India Today

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    Amrapali on the issue:

    Realty firm Amrapali today said that about 1,200 home buyers of its housing project in Greater Noida have been affected because of denotification of more than 100 hectares of land by the Allahabad High Court. Amrapali said that it has already communicated to their customers of 'Smart City' project that the company would shift them to some other projects at the same price.

    Noida News, Greater Noida News, Yamuna Expressway, Gautam Budh Nagar,Noida police,Noida metro, Noida authority

    so amrapali applicants dont need to press the panic button.

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    there are multiple builders/realty firms which had illegally got hold of land in this area and were selling polts at dirt cheap rates, those all also stand denotified, which all groups were involved, i am for now not able to get the details but those are around 6-7 groups other than the 3 mentioned (Amrapali, Supertech and Mahagun) in the 1st report which were residential flats.

    people investing there dont need to press a panic button but yes with UP elections round the corner (next yr 2012) and investments here running to the tune of 10s of billions of dollars (most certainly over 25b usd), with political parties eying decent chunk of those billions, there will be hindrance every now and then but still it is all expected to sail through post a new govt steps in.
     
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