The Allahabad high court order over land acquisitions has exposed that authority has drifted from the main role of industrial development.
The court said that the government acquired some plots in village Devla on which industries were reportedly running. Later, the land use was changed to non-industrial.
This meant the industries had to be closed, whereas the object and purpose of the authority under the 1976 Act is industrial development. There were other examples too.
The Greater Noida authority had acquired 107 hectares of land there, but as many as 75% farmers had not accepted compensation.
"It is a matter of concern. State should motivate industries," said PP Sharma, general secretary, Association of Greater Noida Industries.
For the Mayawati government, the quashing of a 2007 notification to acquire about 5,000 hectares of land in three villages in Greater Noida - Asadullapur, Yusufpur Chak Shaberi and Devla - came as a blow. While there are no housing projects in these villages, the court ordered that similarly affected farmers of other villages - where apartments are being built - also be given higher relief.