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UT not to challenge SC decision on cancellation of phase 3 of IT park

HT Live Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, February 20, 2013
First Published: 19:13 IST(20/2/2013) | Last Updated: 19:18 IST(20/2/2013)

The UT administration has decided not to challenge the Supreme Court's decision to cancel the proposed Phase 3 of Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP).

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The administration took the decision on the advice of its legal cell. UT finance secretary VK Singh said they were initially planning to file an appeal against the decision but, after consulting with its legal cell, decided against it.

In October 2012, the Supreme Court had cancelled the Phase 3 project of RGCTP. For the project, the administration had acquired 272 acres from nearly 200 farmers - of them 35 had taken a compensation of Rs. 5 crore.

The administration had to pay nearly Rs. 75 crore to the farmers and, as per rules, the amount was deposited in the court. Of this amount, Rs. 5 crore has been paid.

After the project was cancelled, 15 farmers had approached the administration. They had requested ut to keep their share of land as they did not have the financial resources to pay the money back.

A majority of the acquired land of such farmers has already been encroached upon and the administration has failed to get it vacated. The UT administration has also decided to seek legal opinion on the possibility of taking the possession of land belonging to such farmers.

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