The Supreme Court has quashed the land acquisition for Phase III of the Rajiv Gandhi Information Technology Park, Chandigarh. The petitioners’ counsel argued that the administration had acquired 272 acres of farmers’ land citing public interest, but used it to favour real estate companies.
The petitioners had challenged the acquisition for providing city level-infrastructure, regulated development of the area between Chandigarh and Mani Majra and development of the Technology Park. Besides, about 10 % area was for residential premises for IT professionals, but they had not been allotted even a single flat. It was further argued that the project had no clearance environmental despite its nearness to the ecologically sensitive Sukhna Lake. After considering the contentions of the petitioners’ counsel, the Supreme Court bench quashed the acquisition.
Earlier, in March, 2011, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had dismissed their plea and upheld the acquisition, an appeal against which went to the Supreme Court. The ruling has been hailed by the farmers who had been fighting against the acquisition.