The Gujarat High Court on Monday issued notices to the state government and Surat Urban Development Authority on a petition moved by a farmers’ group challenging the validity of SUDA’s Draft Development Plan-2035 through which 191 new villages have been merged under its area that runs into 650 sq km, making it the largest urban area in the country.
A division bench led by chief justice R Subhash Reddy issued notices to the government and posted the matter for further hearing after three weeks.
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The petition, filed by Jayesh Patel of Gujarat Khedut Samaj, an NGO, through lawyer A J Yagnik, says that only elected local bodies can come up with such plans but the state government “doesn’t want elected persons to decide the course of development and wants bureaucrats, and politicians to dominate SUDA and other development committees and allow vested interest to prepare Draft Development Plan and thrust upon the common man.”