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SC issues notice to UP govt on Greater Noida farmers’ plea

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government on a petition filed by farmers of Greater Noida village,challenging the acquisition of their land for developing Noida Extension,a region adjoining the Capital.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 28, 2012 1:41:25 am

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government on a petition filed by farmers of Greater Noida village,challenging the acquisition of their land for developing Noida Extension,a region adjoining the Capital.

A bench of Justices R M Lodha and H L Gokhale ordered the state government and the Greater Noida Authority to respond to the farmers’ challenge of the Allahabad High Court decision against quashing the acquisition of their village land by the state using the urgency clause.

Farmers have argued that neither prior notice was served nor did they have an opportunity to register their protests or grievances against the land acquisition.

Around 608 hectares of land had been acquired from village Bisrakh in Greater Noida,where around 15 residential projects are underway.

The October 21,2011 verdict of the High Court has been challenged by nine local farmers.

After issuing notice,the bench tagged their petitions with similar pleas,which have reached the apex court over the last several months.

The apex court had earlier quashed the acquisition of around 158 hectares of land in Shahberi village and the Allahabad High Court had denotified 589 hectares of land in Patwadi village in July last year,sending real estate projects underway in the region into disarray.

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