The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) had acquired a total of nearly 1,250 acres for developing its Madhuban-Bapudham residential project near Govindpuram. The GDA will need to pay a compensation of Rs 1,000 cr for the land acquired, a part of which it intends to settle by applying for a loan of Rs 500 cr from Housing and Urban Development Corporation.
“The loan from Hudco will partially defray the expenses. The remaining Rs 500 cr will be raised by GDA from its own sources. At present, we have asked the district administration to decide on the compensation in accordance with the new Land Acquisition Act. Though the total amount is expected to be Rs 1,000 cr, it depends on the land against which compensation paid is whether under urban or rural categories,” said D P Singh, GDA officer-on-special-duty.
The proposal in this regard will be presented in the GDA board meeting scheduled to be held on December 22 in Lucknow.
The compensation will be paid to 76 landowners who had moved a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court in 2011 against acquisition of their land. The landowners had challenged the acquisition notified in 2004 by the GDA under the ‘urgency clause’ of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894. In 2008, they had filed writ petitions in Allahabad high court against the acquisition procedure. However, they had failed to get any relief from the court.
The Supreme Court, in an order issued on November 30, disposed of the landowners’ petition saying that the GDA was under no obligation to return the 281 acres of land acquired for the project. The apex court further directed the GDA to pay compensation to the 76 landowners in accordance with the provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.