Allahabad: After the Supreme Court’s rebuff on land acquisition, the Uttar Pradesh government has suffered another blow with the Allahabad High Court on Thursday stalling land acquisition proceedings by the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Corporation (UPSIDC) in a village in Bulandshahr using the same urgency clause.

During Mulayam Singh’s government, 20 acre land belonging to 64 farmers in Sikandara tehsil of Chola industrial area was acquired which lay idle even after 9 years of its acquisition. Notably, the farmers were not given any compensation during this period.

Taking up the issue, a petition was filed by the farmers in the High Court following which a bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Rananjay Singh ruled 'status quo' on the land and stayed the acquisition process of the land.

However, the court made it clear that the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation, Kanpur may start the development work on that land with the consent of the farmers.
The court had released a land acquisition notification in 1998 for Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation, Kanpur following which the government acquired 250 acre of land spread across 10 villages till 2002.

 

JPN/Bureau