Allahabad high court on Friday quashed the acquisition of around seven hectares by the Uttar Pradesh government in village Surajpur in Greater Noida.
The land was to have food and tourism facilities, besides aqua and children’s parks.
“The total land involved in the two petitions was 2.9348 hectares, but as the court has quashed the entire notification, the total land affected by the order is around seven hectares," said a Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) official on Friday.
The writ petitions had challenged the acquisition of the land initiated by the state government on August 27, 2004. In
the case of petitioners Bunda and others, the total land was 1.7713 hectares, comprising five plots.
In case of Saraswati builders, the total land was 1.1635 hectares, comprising three plots. In 2005, the court had called for status quo.
Petitioners Bunda, Ibraheem and Taj Mohammad are residents of the Greater Noida village.
The GNIDA was directed by the court to return the land to petitioners and pay R25,000 each as cost of litigation.