Hc Stays Demolition Of Farmhouses On Floodplains For A Mth, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

June 24, 2023

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NOIDA: A number of farmhouse owners have moved the Allahabad high court and secured a stay on any action against their properties on the Yamuna floodplains. The move comes within weeks of the Noida Authority razing 32 such farmhouses over environmental concerns.

Officials said the number of petitioners who secured a stay from the high court was more than 100. The court has now directed the Authority to review the objections raised by the owners within 30 days. Until then, no such drive can be carried out by the Authority, which issued a notice about the demolitions in June last year.

“It is also hereby provided that until the decision is taken by the authority competent in the matter, no further demolition exercise shall be carried out pursuant to the notice issued on June 8, 2022,” read the court order dated June 7 this year.

The court, however, restricted the farmhouse owners from carrying out any additional construction on the disputed land. They have been given three weeks to file fresh objections with the Authority.

The petitioners argued that the drive carried out by the Authority was unjustified as the land on which the farmhouses were built was not acquired by them. Many objections raised by the owners were still pending as a final decision was yet to be reached, they said. The Authority’s counsel assured the court that they would address the objections in accordance with the law.

“In view of the above, without entering into the merits of the claim of the parties we dispose of this writ petition with a direction to the competent authority to decide the objections filed by the petitioners dated June 10, 2022, in response to the public notice issued on June 8, strictly in accordance with law,’ the court order read.

In its latest drive on June 6, the Authority brought down 32 farmhouses in Sector 135. These properties, spread over 27 acres, had an estimated market value of Rs 40 crore.

Authority has been actively taking action against illegal constructions in the floodplains. Since May last year, it has razed around 200 structures, including 190 farmhouses.

As part of the action, the Authority issued a public notice on June 8 last year, prohibiting any construction in the floodplain zone of the Yamuna and Hindon rivers within its jurisdiction.

  • Published On Jun 19, 2023 at 08:53 AM IST

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