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Home News Power Sector News Allahabad HC cancels land acquisition for 10,000MW Dadri mega power project

Allahabad HC cancels land acquisition for 10,000MW Dadri mega power project

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ADAG GroupThe Allahabad high court quashed the acquisition of land by Anil Ambani-led Reliance Natural Resources Ltd (RNRL) for the ambitious mega power project at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh.The HC order on land acquisition for Dadri power project has provided the much needed fodder to political parties. The parties are categorical in criticising the Samajwadi Party while hailing the HC order.

The court gave the decision on a case filed by a group of farmers whose land was acquired using emergency powers for setting up the 10,000 MW gas-based power project. Farmers, protesting under the banner of 'Sahyog Society' have been demanding that the land acquired after giving megre compensation, be given back to them, as it was their only source of income. 

For the Anil Ambani group,  which locked in a bitter legal battle against the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries over the price and quantity of natural gas to be supplied to the Dadri mega power project, the court decision comes as a further set-back in the whole process.

Anil Ambai has all the while been arguing in the Mumbai high court and in the Supreme Court that the Dadri power project is being held up for want of an assurance on gas supplies.

RNRL had entered into a state support agreement (SSA) with the UP government for the project, to be built at Dadri in Ghaziabad, part of the National Capital Region.

Congress leader Pramod Tewari in a reference to the HC order said that it was the issue of use of "emergency power to acquiring land for the project that was being raised by the party previously.

"We had raised the issue in the state assembly at that time, but the state government remained unmoved,'' he said. Tewari said that the state government can use the section-17 (use of emergency powers) of the land acquisition act only for itself and not for a private company.

So was the case with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) which said that the party had been raising the issue in the state assembly since the time of notification and subsequent procedural formalities which followed thereafter.

Speaking to reporters soon after the HC delivered the judgement, BJP spokesperson Hriday Narain Dixit said that they are happy for the farmers and for the fact that party's stand on the contentious issue has proven true and justified.

Source - PTI


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