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‘Provide Flats to 844 Members of Group Housing Society’: Supreme Court Tells NOIDA in 32-Year-Long Land Dispute

New Delhi: Giving rest to an over three-decade old legal dispute over land allotment, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed the New Okhla Industrial Authority (NOIDA) to provide flats to 844 members of a group housing society of Central government employees. The flats, which measure 1800 sq. ft, are located in Sector 43 of the city. A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice U.U. Lalit, said: “We exercise our jurisdiction and power to do complete justice in the matter and direct NOIDA to extend to said 844 persons the benefit, as indicated in the affidavit filed on behalf of NOIDA.”Also Read – Police Foil Kidnappers’ Plan, Rescue 11-Year-Old Boy in Noida. Here’s How It All Happened

The bench, also comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and K M Joseph, added: “Needless to say that the price of said apartments shall be fixed by NOIDA purely in accordance with its extant policy and the applicable norms. The list of said 844 persons shall be furnished by Respondent-Society within two weeks from today under an authenticated certificate by Respondent-Society.” Also Read – Noida Grand Omaxe Demolition Drive: Residents Protest as Bulldozers Reach Society | Highlights

The bench said New Okhla Industrial Authority (NOIDA) is agreeable to re-lay part of Sector 43 and to make allotments of multi-storeyed flats in favour of 844 persons, with each of those flats measuring about 1,800 square feet. Also Read – Supreme Court To Hear Plea Challenging Constitutional Validity Of Demonetisation On October 12


“The entire controversy can be set at rest on the understanding that 844 members of the Respondent-Society shall be provided with apartments, admeasuring about 1,800 square feet, as stated by NOIDA in its affidavit filed pursuant to the order dated 23.8.2021 passed by this Court. This direction will not only give quietus to the pending litigation between the parties but will also provide homes to said 844 persons and satisfy their long-standing needs,” it said.


The Kendriya Karamchari Sehkari Grih Nirman Samiti had contended that the claim was restricted to 977 members out of which 133 persons had sold away their interest without NOIDA’s permission, and the transferees of the 133 persons, as per NOIDA, cannot lay any claim. “At this stage we must also deal with the claim of 133 persons who have acquired by transfer, the interest of the erstwhile members. NOIDA shall look into their claims and if satisfied, may grant them similar benefits as would be extended to 844 members,” said the bench.

(With inputs from agency)

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