The Allahabad High Court Wednesday allowed a PIL seeking cancellation of land the Ghaziabad Development Authority had allotted to two builders after procuring it from the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) at a nominal price. A division bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Yashwant Varma allowed the PIL filed by Rajendra Tyagi, a GMC corporator, through his counsel Samir Sharma.
A detailed order was awaited. The PIL alleged that land measuring around 17,000 square metres, located in Raj Nagar Extension area of Ghaziabad (which comes in the R-zone of GDA) was taken from the GMC by the GDA and sold to two builders. “Our prayer was that the land was taken for development of public infrastructure at nominal rates from the GMC.
However, the GDA, instead of developing the public infrastructure, auctioned the land to two builders for constructing residential units. This happened in March. We filed a PIL objecting to the said land deal and seeking its repeal. The court has allowed our PIL,” said Sharma.
Chief standing counsel Ramesh Upadhyaya said: “The court has allowed the prayer made in the PIL. However, a detailed order is yet to be made available.”
Counsel for GMC, Lal Sahab Yadav, said: “The land belonged to the GMC and the GDA took it at a very nominal price. But later, they auctioned it at high prices. Thus, the GMC did not even get the market price. The court has allowed the petitioner’s plea to cancel the land allotment to private builders.” ens