Greater Noida authority, farmers told to settle land issue

July 26th, 2011 - 8:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, July 26 (IANS) While referring the Noida extension land acquisition issue to a larger bench, the Allahabad High Court Tuesday gave the Uttar Pradesh government and the agitating farmers 17 days to try and negotiate an out-of-court settlement.

The court order came over about 250 petitions that were clubbed as they involved hundreds of farmers spread across 10 villages where some 3,000 hectares of land was acquired by the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority.

The petitioners accused the authority and the state government of arbitrarily bypassing the prescribed procedure for acquisition by unlawfully using an “urgency” clause, when the land in question was actually given away to builders and developers to build swanky residential complexes.

The division bench comprising Justice Amitabh Lala and Justice Ashok Srivastava said that the farmers and the administration were free to hold fresh negotiations and strike a deal, if possible, latest by Aug 12.

An application moved jointly by a number of builders and developers, who wanted to be heard in the case, was turned down by the court.

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