A two-member bench of the Allahabad high court adjourned the hearing of cases on land acquisition in Greater Noida till 17 August on Tuesday. They told the farmers who had moved the court that nobody would be spared for the irresponsible process of land acquisition.
All petitions challenging land acquisition by the Uttar Pradesh government in Noida and Greater Noida areas were on Tuesday referred to the chief justice of the high court by the bench. The bench has also requested the chief justice to form a larger bench to hear the cases on 17 August.
Hearing petitions of farmers from nearly a dozen villages of Greater Noida who had challenged the acquisition of more than 3,000 hectares of land by the state government, a bench comprising justices Amitava Lala and Ashok Srivastava also gave them an option to reach an out-of-court settlement by 12 August.
Realty projects in Noida Extension, which comes under the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority, in Shahberi and Patwari villages have come to a halt after the Allahabad high court quashed land acquisition there.
On 19 July, the court had quashed the acquisition of 589 hectares of land in Patwari village where around 11 residential projects are being developed. Villagers from Patwari village have also been asked to re-negotiate their compensation.
The court also refrained from passing any order on the applications of home buyers, who had moved the court under the banner of Noida Extension Flat Buyers’ Welfare Association, as well as builders, all of whom had made a request for being made parties in the case.
Pankaj Bajaj, president, Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (Credai) NCR, said, “The justices gave us time to present our view. However, they refrained (from making) us party to the case.” The developers have decided to pursue the matter under the banner of Credai, which represents developers across the country.
The court added that those landowners who choose to arrive at any agreement with the authorities during this period will have to inform the court about this on the next date of hearing with full details about the relief that they have agreed to, be it higher compensation or return of the acquired land.