Trans-Ghaggar sectors: Relief to plot holders, SC reduces compensation for acquired land
Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) acquired 1,200 acres of land at the rate of Rs 1 lakh per acre in Ramgarh, Bana Madanpur, Jhuriwala and Nangal Moginand in 1989 to develop new residential areas in these sectors.punjab Updated: Nov 04, 2017 13:48 IST
In a major relief to plot holders in Trans-Ghaggar sectors, the Supreme Court reduced the enhanced compensation in lieu of acquired land to develop new residential areas in Sectors 24-28.
The SC has reduced the compensation from Rs 380 per square yard — as ordered by the Punjab and Haryana high court last year — to Rs 290 per square yard in its judgement dated October 9 that was uploaded on Friday.
“This will offload major financial burden on 5,000 families living in these sectors,” said SS Gill, president of joint action committee of Trans-Ghaggar sectors. Now, a Sector-25 resident living in a 10-marla house will save approximately Rs 3 lakh with this order, said Gill, who was one of the petitioners representing plot holders in the apex court.
“The total recovery to be issued following this judgement will not be more than Rs 1.5 lakh for a 10-marla plot holder,” he said.
Court enhanced relief in 2009, 2016
Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) acquired 1,200 acres of land at the rate of Rs 1 lakh per acre in Ramgarh, Bana Madanpur, Jhuriwala and Nangal Moginand in 1989 to develop new residential areas in these sectors.
Dissatisfied with the award money, the landowners approached the district courts for additional compensation, which enhanced the land compensation by Rs 250 per square yard in 2009.
Residents got a further jolt when the Punjab and Haryana high court increased it further to Rs 380 per square yard in April last year.
Following this, both HUDA and residents approached the Supreme Court, where the counsel representing them challenged the HC award on the grounds that the compensation should not be more than Rs 280 per square yard given the land value. The SC in its orders agreed to the state government’s stand and reduced the compensation, with directions that it be paid to the farmers within three months from the release of the judgment.
Gill said that 95% of the plot holders in these sectors have already paid an enhanced liability of Rs 250 per square yard when recovery notes were issued following the lower court orders in 2009.
“Now our effectively liability post the SC orders will be to the tune of Rs 40 per square yard. This will amount to approximately Rs 600 per square yard, given that we will bear the interest liability too from the time the land was acquired in 1989,” said Gill
HUDA’s estate officer Jagdeep Dhanda said that recovery notices in wake of the SC orders will soon be issued following the calculations by the accounts department.