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Land row: Noida,Gr Noida to move SC

Noida and Greater Noida Authority officials Tuesday said they would approach the Supreme Court after the Allahabad High Court on Monday rejected their demand to nullify its direction to give 10 per cent developed plots to those farmers whose land had been acquired.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Noida | Published: May 16, 2012 7:53:56 am

Noida and Greater Noida Authority officials Tuesday said they would approach the Supreme Court after the Allahabad High Court on Monday rejected their demand to nullify its direction to give 10 per cent developed plots to those farmers whose land had been acquired. The Allahabad High Court had directed the two bodies to give develop 10 per cent of the farmers’ plots on October 21. The court told the two bodies that it could not hear an appeal on its own decision.

Officials of the Noida and Greater Noida Authority said they would appeal against the order in the Supreme Court as there were serious problems connected to the handing over of developed plots,including a huge financial burden. Officials added that the two authorities have different problems connected with the developed plots. While the Noida Authority has limited land available to give to the affected farmers,the Greater Noida Authority is short on finances.

Weary flat owners have sought intervention of the Prime Minister’s Office. “The last time after the Allahabad High Court judgment in October,we had hoped construction would begin soon,but that never happened. Now that the matter is going to the Supreme Court,we are afraid there will be problems again like last year. We have written to the PMO to set up fast track courts for all legal cases pertaining to land in Noida,” said Devender Kumar,president,Noida Extension Flat Owners and Members Association.

On Monday,farmers from the villages of Patwari and Badauli Bangar said they would approach the SC after their plea against the order which allowed authorities to acquire land from their villages in lieu of added compensation was rejected by the Allahabad High Court.

Rama Raman,CEO of the Greater Noida Authority,said,“In terms of land available,there is no problem with identifying and handing it over to farmers. The problem is the huge financial burden. Therefore,we will appeal to the SC after its summer break ends.”

However,Noida Authority officials said limited land was available to hand over to farmers. “Of 54 villages which come under the Noida Authority,we have been able to identify land for only about 20 villages. For the rest,we have drawn blanks.”

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