Mohali Residents in Punjab Allege Delay in Land Allocation, Stage Protests

Reported by

Lakhvinder Singh

Published on

October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016

Updated on

October 18, 2016

Location of Conflict

Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar (Mohali)

Mohali

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Township/Real Estate

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People Affected by Conflict

3360

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

41

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Starting Year

2001

State

Punjab

Sector

Infrastructure

The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) had acquired about 1,400 acres of private land to develop an urban estate in Sectors 7680 in Mohali in 2001. There were around 4,000 plots of different sizes. The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) held draw of lots to allot the plots to landowners. In some cases, monetary compensation was also offered. However, those who owned around 100 acres refused the money saying it was meagre. The allottees have been struggling to get physical possession of the plots since 2001. They have protested by registering several petitions with the Punjab high court. In 2009, 980 plots out of the 4,000 plots fell under the litigation area. In 2010, a massive protest was staged against the GMADA under the banner of The Plot Allotment Sangharsh Committee, which also managed to include few other unions. A similar protest was also reported in 2013. In 2015, a Supreme Court order quashed the land acquisition of 102 acres of land in SAS Nagar (official name of Mohali) by GMADA. Owing to dispute of land between GMADA and the landowners, the former did not give physical possession of the plots to the allottes/buyers. The buyers, lamenting that there has been a long delay, stated that they should be given alternative plots while the GMADA opted for a review petition against the order. In 2017, it was reported that the GMADA had decided to soon hand over the possession of around 500 plots in Sectors 76 to 80 to the allottees, almost 16 years after launching the project. The decision was taken by GMADA after holding a meeting with the Development Committee, formed by the residents of the area.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Demand for more compensation than promised

Demand for promised land

Complaint against procedural violations

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

When did it end?

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Land Acquisition Laws, Central/State Government Policy, Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

Land Acquisition Act, 1894
Section 4: [Notice for acquisition of land]; Section 5A: [Hearing of objections]; Section 15 read with Sections 23 and 24: [These provisions list matters that must be considered and neglected (respectively), while determining the amount of compensation]; Section 31: [Collector must pay interested persons in terms of the Section 11 award]
Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
Section 24(2): [If the award was made more than five years before the 2013 Act and physical possession of the land is not taken and compensation is not paid, land acquisition proceedings under the 1894 Act will lapse]; Section 25: [The Collector must make an award within 12 months of the declaration of land acquisition, else the acquisition proceedings will lapse]; Section 26 and 27 read with Schedule I: [Calculation of market rate and determination of compensation amount to be paid]; Section 31(1) read with Schedule II: [R&R award for affected families]; Section 77: [Payment of compensation to interested persons or deposit in Authority]
Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Act, 1995
Section 42: [The state government may acquire any land other than land owned by the Union government in accordance with the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894]
Punjab Farmers Friendly and Land Pooling Exchange Scheme, Government of Punjab, 1996
As per this scheme, landowners would be returned approximately 1,000 square yards of land for every acre of land transferred to PUDA. Certain landowners objected to the acquisition proceedings, claiming benefit under this scheme instead.
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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community? What was the decision of the concerned government department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

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Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Disposed

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

Supreme Court of India

Case Number

Civil Appeal No. 7424 of 2013; Review Petition Nos. 3344 and 3345 of 2015

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Nature of Protest

Protests/marches

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Punjab Urban Development Authority, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority

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