Allahabad: Already facing flak over its land acquisition policy, the Uttar Pradesh government received another jolt on Monday when the Allahabad High Court quashed the acquisition of 170 hectares of land at Gulistanpur village in Greater Noida.

While hearing petitions of around hundred farmers from the village, the High Court directed the state government to return the land to the respective farmers.

The court decision would affect the health of the ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project. The state government is likely to challenge the judgement in the Supreme Court.

The Uttar Pradesh government in 2007 had acquired land from 656 farmers for industrial development as a part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project. Around hundred villagers had challenged the acquisition in 2008.

Deciding on the 58 petitions, the division bench comprising Justice Sunil Ambawani and Justice Kashi Nath Pandey observed that the state government cannot acquire land before disposing off the objections of the land owners satisfactorily.

The government could not furnish details about the nature of industrial development on the acquired land even after farmers’ petition, the bench highlighted.
Earlier, on May 12 and 15, the High Court had scrapped acquisition of 170 hectare land in Greater Noida.