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Landowners to challenge SLO’s decision
The Times Of India, April 9 2014, Nashik: Landowners at Gangapur have decided to challenge the special land acquisition officer’s (SLO) order that the compensation for their land to be acquired by the civic body for a sewage treatment plant be given as per the new land acquisition act of 2014 but the valuation date for the plot will be as per the act of 2012.
The eight acre of land out of the total 10 acre at Survey No 2 and 3 of Gangapur village had been approved under development work in 2001. The sewage treatment plant (STP) had to be constructed for the last Kumbh Mela in 2003-04. But the landowners had not agreed to the compensation amount.
Subsequently, the NMC approached the Supreme Court (SC), seeking acquisition of the land on an emergency basis after the Bombay High Court (HC) stayed the acquisition of the land on an emergency clause basis.
“The Supreme Court confirmed the decision of the HC on December 3, 2013 and asked the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) and the SLO to hear the land owners if the land was suitable for public work. The urgency clause is only for land and not for trees or houses. But there are people staying there and if the land has to be taken, resettlement has to be provided by the NMC,” said Prakash Ahuja, the awyer of the landowners.
“From December 3, 2013 when the court passed the order, the officials did not do anything. On January 1, the new Land Acquisition Act was passed and now the SLO is saying that the compensation will be given as per the new law but the land will be valued as per the old law. We object to this because the old act is not in existence and the ready reckoner rates have gone up. If compensation has not been declared when the old Act was in existence then the old Act does not apply now,” said Ahuja.
He added that the land owners will be challenging the decision of the SLO, who is on election duty in Malegaon and could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.