Haryana govt to review land acquisition in Gurgaon


Haryana government told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that it has approved constitution of a high-powered committee to consider cases of petitioners in connection with acquisition of land for development of Sectors 58-63 in Gurgaon, which includes the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust at Ullahawas village.

As the case came up for resumed hearing, the state government's counsel told a division bench comprising Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Augustine George Masih that it was willing to look into the petitions referred to the government.

The state government told the court that it was ready to review the cases of the petitioners in the case.

Last week, Haryana government had submitted it would reconsider the acquisition of over 850 acres of land in Gurgaon, following the filing of 65 petitions by landwoners, including leading artist Anjolie Ela Menon, who, however, has not withdrawn from the case.

Around 10 other petitioners are also yet to withdraw and accept the offer of review put forward by the state government.

The state government's submission came in the wake of the court summoning all records related to acquisition of land for the Rajiv Gandhi Trust and sought the names of the trustees.

The hearing in the case would resume tomorrow.

Addressing a press conference this evening here, Additional Advocate Genneral Narinder Hooda said that out of 65 petitions filed, 55 petitioners have withdrawn their petitions and agreed to put their grievances before the high-powered committee headed by Principal Secretary, Town and Country Planning, to examine various issues arising out of the land acquisition for developing residential sectors 58-63 and sectors 65-67 (commercial) in Gurgaon.

Ullawas villagers say land not sold to Rajiv trust

The villagers of Ullawas in Haryana, where a charitable hospital by Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Trust is proposed, have said that a piece of land has been given on "lease" for 33 years to the trust for the health facility on "no-profit and no-loss" basis and that it has nothing to do with the ongoing controversy.

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