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Noida being tossed by different govts: SC

PTI  New Delhi, August 04, 2009
First Published: 21:11 IST(4/8/2009) | Last Updated: 21:13 IST(4/8/2009)
The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed its anguish with the way Noida on the outskirts of the national capital, is being "tossed around" by successive governments on land allotment issues.

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A bench headed by Justice R V Raveendran flayed the decisions of various governments led by Mulayam Singh and Mayawati while dealing with the land allotment issues.

"Noida is like a ball being tossed around by the governments" which have changed tunes from time to time, it observed while hearing a batch of petitions relating to cancellation of allotment of land to 14 hotels in Noida which were to be built for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Land leases given to various hospitality companies by the Mulayam Singh government for setting up 14 hotels in Noida for the 2010 Commonwealth Games were scrapped by Mayawati administration citing alleged corruption in land auction.

The court also said there was so much confusion with regard to the intent of the policy of May 22, 2006, which was originally in Hindi, as it had been interpreted differently by different parties due to multiple translations.

Various hospitality, companies including ITC, Royal Orchid, Clarkston Hotels and others, have challenged a Allahabad High Court judgment that quashed the cancellation orders passed by Noida authorities and had referred the matter to the state government for reconsideration.


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