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Luxury flats are not public good

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The Supreme Court upheld the Allahabad High Court’s verdict that land acquired for public good cannot be given to builders. That’s very clear to you and me, of course, but thw UP government is far from being alone in confusing these two completely different things. IE reports on the developments in the court:

In a major embarrassment for the Mayawati government, the Supreme Court on Wednesday quashed the acquisition of 157 hectares of agricultural land to build luxury flats in the Noida Extension area in the National Capital Region.

Around two lakh residential units within costing R10-35 lakh either under construction or being planned in the region would be impacted by the court decision. The ruling could also have wider implications as it could affect investor/buyer sentiments.

A bench headed by Justice GS Singhvi upheld the Allahabad High Court judgment that set aside the acquisition of land in Shahberi village of Greater Noida and asked the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) to return the land to the farmers.

Two of the affected builders — Supertech and Amrapali and Mahagun — have told FE that the verdict was not a setback to them as GNIDA is bound to compensate them if they return the land.

Mayawati may be feeling the heat now, but soon enough, so will other state governments.

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