New Delhi: The Allahabad High Court has quashed the acquisition of land by the Greater Noida Authority. This has shattered the dreams of almost 2500 families about owning a house.
Till Friday there was brisk construction work but now the construction site bears a deserted look with all activities halted.
With the Allahabad High Court order quashing the acquisition of land by the Greater Noida authority in the Chak Sahberi village in UP, the fate of another 8,000 flats that have been planned in the area are now uncertain.
The High Court ruled that the Greater Noida Developement Authortity did not give farmers the opportunity to file their protest at the land takeover, under section 5 of the Land Acquisition Act.
The Court says the land acquired for industry was given to builders with relaxed norms.
Amrapalli Group, one of the developers whose Smart City project with over 5000 houses has promised to refund or provide an alternative site.
CMD, Amrapalli Group Anil Kumar Sharma said, "We will provide alternative site or refund our investors."
Projects by developers like Mahagun Builders and Supertech too have been halted. Mahagun Builders had plan 350 villas of which 50 have already been booked.
With land acquisition become a major stumbling block few have accused the Greater Noida Authority of selling off land to builders.
Petitioner Kesari Nath Tripathi, said "There is a big Fraud going on and CBI needs to probe it."
The High Court orders came days after bloody clash between the farmers and the UP police over land acquisition. Farmers may now seek further court's help on other such cases. That means for many who have booked their homes in Greater Noida area, the uncertainity is likely to continue.