The Supreme Court has cleared the acquisition of 12,000 acres land in Chattarpur, South Delhi, for a sub-city roughly the size of Dwarka.
When completed, it will have 2 lakh dwelling units, hospitals, schools and markets, said officials of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which will start work once it gets the land.
Most of this is agricultural land sprawled over 13 villages. But there are a large number of farmhouses there as well owned by politicians, business people and bureaucrats.
The Delhi government will begin taking possession of the acquired land now, and hand it over to the DDA for the
This will be the largest land acquisition in Delhi in the last 10 years
A bench comprising Justices V.S. Sirpurkar and Deepak Verma on Monday dismissed a bunch of over 100 petitions challenging the acquisition notification issued 30 years ago.
More than 100 farmhouse owners had approached the Supreme Court after the Delhi High Court in 2004 turned down their plea to set aside the government’s 1980 and 1985 notifications declaring acquisition of the area.
The Bench upheld a Delhi High Court verdict that said: “We do not find any infirmity or illegality in the procedure adopted in the same. We are of the considered opinion that there has been full, complete and strict compliance of the provisions contained in the Act.”
“We already have possession of the land on paper. The SC order now gives us the go-ahead to take it over physically,” said lawyer D.N. Goburdhan, who represented the Delhi government in the court.
Government counsel Geeta Luthra said the 13 south Delhi villages that are covered by the Supreme Court’s order include Chattarpur, Satbari, Deoli and Madangarhi.
But the process is not likely to be easy, said officials.
One, the farmhouse owners are likely to do all they can to prevent the acquisition of their land.
And, two, the farmers may not agree readily to the compensation offered for their land.
As for the rest of the city, expect a housing bonanza.