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Publish ads to settle land compensation claims in Noida: Allahabad HC

The Allahabad High Court has asked the Greater Noida Authority to publish advertisements in newspapers,with a view to settle the claims of landowners

Written by Express News Service | Allahabad | Published: July 24, 2013 2:58 am

The Allahabad High Court has asked the Greater Noida Authority to publish advertisements in newspapers,with a view to settle the claims of landowners who are supposed to get enhanced compensation according to the full bench judgement given in land acquisition-related matters (Gajraj and others) on October 21,2011.

The court has asked the authority to inform it about the steps taken in this regard by July 29,which is the next date of hearing in the matter.

Hearing a petition filed by Ramesh Chandra Sharma and others on Monday,a division bench of Chief Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice Vikram Nath said: “Authorities of Greater Noida should take steps by issuing advertisements in different newspapers to fix a deadline for entertaining such claims and decide all the claims in accordance with judgement of the full bench in the case of Gajraj and others.”

The court said such a step would stem the large inflow of unnecessary writ petitions demanding enhanced compensation.

The court further noted: “We had hinted in some of the orders that writ jurisdiction cannot be exercised in favour of those who approach this court after unusual delay. Even then,writ petitions are being filed regularly and,since the petitioners claim to be illiterate villagers,this court has been granting indulgence.”

In its 2011 order,a three-judge bench had provided for enhanced compensation of over 64 per cent of the original compensation awarded and 10 per cent of acquired land to be returned as developed land in those cases where,post-land acquisition,heavy construction had already taken place and it was not possible to return the land to the owners.

The main issue in the petitions decided by full the bench was the authorities — Noida and Greater Noida — wrongly invoking the urgency clause for land acquisition on a large scale.

Shiv Kant Mishra,counsel for the petitioners,said his clients approached the court seeking enhanced compensation according to the 2011 order last week. The petitioners’ land,about five acres,was located in Kayampur village (near Surajpur) in Greater Noida.

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