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Fix deadline to settle landowners’ claims: HC to Gr Noida

The Allahabad High Court has asked the Greater Noida Authority to publish advertisements in newspapers with a view to fix a deadline for settling the claims of those landowners who are supposed to get enhanced compensation

Written by Express News Service | Allahabad | Published: July 24, 2013 6:15 am

The Allahabad High Court has asked the Greater Noida Authority to publish advertisements in newspapers with a view to fix a deadline for settling the claims of those landowners who are supposed to get enhanced compensation as per the full bench judgment given in the land acquisition-related matter (Gajraj and others) back in 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.

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,“The 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 judgment 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 the 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 the full bench was the authorities — Noida and Greater Noida — wrongly invoking the urgency clause for land acquisition on a large scale.

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