New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to Uttar Pradesh government and Greater NOIDA authority on a petition filed by a group of farmers challenging the acquisition of their agricultural land by the authorities in Garhi Bachchera village of Gautam Buddh Nagar district.

The petition pleaded "mindless acquisition" of agriculture land would lead to a food crisis in the country.

A bench of justices R M Lodha and H L Gokhale sought a response from the authorities within four seeks on the special leave petition filed by five of the aggrieved farmers challenging the judgement of the Allahabad High Court which had on October 21 last year upheld the acquisition.

The farmers Ravinder Kumar and others submitted the high court had failed to appreciate the fact that till date neither the state government nor the Noida authority has prepared any development plan for development of the land in question as an industrial area.

According to the farmers, the state had forcibly acquired the land by invoking the emergency clause provided under
Sections 17(1) and (4) of the Land Acquisition Act without any planned development programme.

"The acquisition proceeding is wholly illegal, arbitrary and uncalled for. The acquisition in question deserves to be set aside on this sole ground alone.

"If the land is acquired, not only the present but the future generations of the landowners will be deprived of their livelihood and the only social security. They are made landless and are forced to live in slums in urban areas because there is no mechanism for ensuring for them alternative source of livelihood.

"Mindless acquisition of fertile and cultivable land may also lead to a serious food crisis in the country," the petition stated.

(Agencies)