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More villages move court, tough time ahead for Authority

With having a dozen villages in Noida Extension moved court (hearing has begun in many cases), seeking quashing of what they term "forcible acquisition" of land, the going for the Greater Noida authority is getting tough by the day.

india Updated: Jul 13, 2011 01:39 IST
Darpan Singh

With having a dozen villages in Noida Extension moved court (hearing has begun in many cases), seeking quashing of what they term "forcible acquisition" of land, the going for the Greater Noida authority is getting tough by the day.

The outcome of these cases will decide the fate of Noida Extension, where 2,000 acres of land has been acquired from farmers and allotted to builders for construction of luxury houses. The petitioners include those farmers who have taken compensation for their land acquired by the government.

The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday fixed July 14 for hearing of petitions filed by groups of villagers from Bisrakh, Haibatpur and Ghanghola. The court also said it would hear the petitions of village Devla on July 26.

Hearing petitions filed by farmers of Rauja-Patwari villages, the court on Monday asked officials of the state government, the authority and builders to file their reply in a week. The court will on Wednesday hear the case of Badauli village. A bunch of petitions filed by farmers in Bisrakh is due for a court hearing this Thursday.

Farmers' lawyer Parmindra Bhati said, "About 80% farmers of village Bisrakh have moved court in separate petitions. The court is hearing the matter separately. Farmers in some cases have obtained stay orders from the court." Meanwhile, farmers have begun an "awareness drive" in Noida Extension before their mahapanchayat on July 17 to decide on plans to take cases of more and more villages to court.

Farmers, who have moved court, say land in their villages was also acquired using the urgency clause - a procedure held illegal by the courts and used as a ground to quash acquisition of 156 hectares of land in village Shahberi -- causing the fate of thousands of houses being built by key real estate developers hang in the balance.

About cases

The outcome of pending cases will decide the fate of Noida Extension, where 2,000 acres of land has been acquired from farmers and allotted to builders for construction of luxury houses.

The high court on Tuesday fixed July 14 for hearing of petitions filed by groups of villagers from Bisrakh, Haibatpur and Ghanghola.