Fingers are now being raised at acquisition of 8,700 acres, spanning 18 villages in Ghaziabad, for a “hi-tech city” even as the Uttar Pradesh government faces flak for acquiring agricultural land for private builders in Greater Noida. This time, the land being acquired is for a modern township, the licence for which had been granted by the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) to the Uppal Chadha and Sun City groups.

The 8,700 acres comprise land owned by farmers and the government. The government land, also called community land or Gram Sabha land, is controlled by panchayats Former GDA member, Rajendra Tyagi alleges that around 450 acres of Government land has been illegally transferred to builders by GDA for the project against the rulings of the Allahabad High Court and the Supreme Court.

“The Allahabad High Court had clearly stated in its October 1, 2007, order in the case of Crossings Republik that Government land cannot be resumed for private purposes under Section 117(6) of the UP Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms Act, 1950,” Tyagi said.

“The High Court, in its final order in the same case, had quashed the commissioner’s notification for resumption of Government land to transfer it to a private builder,” Tyagi added. Further, a Supreme Court order on January 28 declared that transfer of village community land for private and commercial use is illegal and directed the states to evict the encroachers, he said.

“This amounts to a gross contempt of the orders not only of the high court but the Supreme Court too,” Tyagi said, adding, “We would soon approach the court on the issue”. According to him, village community land was transferred to the Hi-Tech builders at just Rs 1,100 per square metre which was then sold off to buyers at Rs 18,700 per square metre, while the integrated builders were selling the same priced land at Rs 35,000 per square metre. The administration is paying Rs 1,000 per square metre compensation to the farmers while an equal amount is being paid to them as “motivational fund”, which Tyagi says is not taken into account in the official records.

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  • This HI-TECH city is now changed to Wave City. Better to keep distance from Wave City.
  • Now this is very huge project.. and surely gonna be in trouble...
  • Yes, I agree with you guys. Let us play safe in these troubled times.
  • I think now court will not accept any authority land acquire with emergency clause or done rapidly. Same cases also in several Noida areas, however I am quite hope full that problem will not be in Noida but better to wait till court decisions.

    Now I think authority land acquire is going to finished for private societies. Only solution will be Builder will directly purchase land from Farmers with registry just same as being done in RNE with ZERO interface of authority.