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Badals' resort controversy: No road construction on land in question till further orders, HC tells Punjab

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday directed the Punjab government not to carry out any road construction activity till Wednesday on a portion of land acquired by Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) in an SAS Nagar village leading to a resort partly owned by Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife-Union minister Harsimrat Kaur.

chandigarh Updated: May 25, 2015 23:19 IST
HT Correspondent

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday directed the Punjab government not to carry out any road construction activity till Wednesday on a portion of land acquired by Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) in an SAS Nagar village leading to a resort partly owned by Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife-Union minister Harsimrat Kaur.

The order came on the petition of one Juveeza Chadha, who has approached the court, alleging that the land acquisition was carried out in a hurried manner and the requisite provisions were not followed.

The petitioner is a resident of Majra village through which the controversial 100-ft-wide and 1.3-km-long road is being constructed. Metro Eco Green Resorts at Palanpur village is located 2 km from where this road ends.

The process of land acquisition started in 2014 and was completed earlier this year. The petitioner had challenged the acquisition of her land portion measuring 7 kanal, 15 marlas in April 2015 for the construction of the New Master Plan road by GMADA.

During the hearing, petitioner's lawyer Rajiv Atmaram alleged that the provisions of Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency and Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, were not followed in letter and spirit.

He alleged that the requisite 60 days' time to file objections was also not given. He also questioned as to how chief minister Parkash Singh Badal presided over the meetings to clear such a project, to which the government counsel raised objections.

As the petitioner insisted on staying the road construction activity, the high court asked the government counsel to file clarifications on the issues raised by the petitioner and also directed that no construction activity be carried out on the portion of land acquired from the petitioner.