The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed Huda to explain on what basis it has ordered plot owners in residential sectors to pay an increased cost for their land which they had purchased about 10 years ago.
The order, dated April 1, has come as a relief to plot and land owners, who had received an enhanced calculation from the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda).
The authority had acquired the land from farmers to sell it to plot owners in Huda residential sectors. Therefore, the calculations are connected with the farmers’ compensation claim, for which they had moved the HC. They alleged that Huda had not compensated them for their land according to the then market rate.
This led to Huda giving an enhanced calculation to plot owners, which comprised an increased cost of land to be paid by the latter. This money would later be used to compensate the farmers.
In its order, the HC upheld the owners’ plea of their right to know the method of calculation and asked Huda to justify it within two weeks. About 10, 000 plot owners purchased plots in Huda sectors 27, 28, 42, 43, 51, 52 and 57 at Rs 3,344 per square yard. They already paid at least two to three enhancements in the past.
“If requisite action is not taken within two weeks, the court will proceed against Huda chief administrator AK Singh that he has willfully disobeyed the order while asking him to deposit Rs 50,000,” stated the order.
“I purchased a plot at Sector 52 in 2004 at the then market price of Rs 3,344 per square yard. In 2009, Huda sent an enhancement of Rs 1,495 per square yard, followed by a second one of Rs 2,395 and a third one of Rs 4,216.
In total, we have paid `8,106 as enhancement for a plot ,” said Pankaj Yadav, owner-cum-petitioner.