Acting on a petition challenging the setting up of Medicity in a “residential zone”, the High Court has put the State of Punjab, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority and other respondents on notice.
In his petition filed before high court, Saroop Singh of Mullanpur Garibdass in Mohali district stated that the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority was planning to establish Medicity with medical institutions on 150 acres despite the fact that the master plan reserved the area for residential purposes. According to the master plan, the area around Village Ferozepur is specified for medical institutions. The petitioner contends that setting up Medicity in the residential zone is not permissible.
Petitioner added that GMADA was trying to “usurp the rights of the landowners”. He said that his land measuring 1.6 acres was acquired for setting up Eco City. Subsequently, GMADA sold 740 plots, worth Rs 413 crores, by holding a draw of lots on October 28, 2011. Saroop Singh added he opted for land pooling scheme and was offered 1000 square yards of residential and 100 square yards of commercial area in Eco City.
However he has not received even a single paisa as compensation even after eight months. Arguing on his behalf, Counsel Balram Singh stated that GMADA has earned crores at the cost of poor farmers, including the petitioner, who has been left in the lurch”. The case would now come up for hearing on August 14.
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