There is good news for those waiting for the Pinjore-Kalka Urban Estate project to see the light of day. The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has finally managed to “re-acquire” the remaining chunks of land on which the 476-acre project was to come up, paving the way for the redesigning and re-launch of the much awaited Urban Estate complex.
As part of the project – mooted in 2006 – as many as 31 new sectors are to be developed in the 476-acre urban complex, which includes residential, commercial and industrial areas. “Almost all the hurdles in the development of the project have been sorted out. The layout plan of the urban estate is at the last stage of completion, after which HUDA would call for applications for sale of plots,” said a senior officer of the Town and Country Planning department.
The 18 different patches of land (approximately 14 acre in size) in Sector 27 and 28 of the proposed complex, which were under litigation, have been re-acquired by Haryana Urban Estate Department and transferred to HUDA.
Vinay Singh, Administrator (Headquarters), HUDA said, “Notices have been sent to all the individuals whose land have been re-acquired. They had been asked to inform the development authority by January 30 if they have any objections to the acquisition process.” With only a day to go, and no major objections received, the project is back on track, the official added.
The move follows a Supreme Court order of April 2012, wherein the apex court had stayed the construction of the urban estate following a petition filed by a section of land owners whose land had been acquired for the project. The landowners had contended that HUDA had not taken into account the objections raised by them while acquiring their land under Section 5 A (hearing of objections) of the Land Acquisition Act. Thereafter, in August 2013, the apex court quashed HUDA’s acquisition of almost 14 acre of land owned by the petitioners.
On January 6 this year, HUDA officials visited the “quashed” sites for demarcations. On January 21, HUDA sent notices to all the owners asking them if they have any objections over the demarcations made by HUDA. The owners were given a deadline of January 30 to file replies. In case there is no communication from them to HUDA, it would be deemed that there are no objections.
HUDA had completed the acquisition process by 2009 and was paying the owners at the rate of Rs 20 lakh per acre. However, the current cost of acquisition is Rs 972 per square yard. “The notices have been issued to the parties concerned to avoid any confusion in the process of acquisition. Thereafter, subsequent amendments would be made in the layout plan of the acquired land,” Vinay Singh added.