An update. Today, @MirzaMahmood65 argued a petition filed yesterday on behalf of some small land owners and affectees in the Ravi Urban Development Project area before the honourable Lahore High Court, Lahore.
The Petition, inter alia, calls into question not only the mode and manner of the land acquisitions proceedings undertaken by RUDA for the Project, but also the legality of forceful acquisitions of land for commercial purposes. RUDA is offering the land forcefully acquired...
...for “public purpose” to commercial developers to establish housing estates and high rises to be eventually sold on commercial considerations. It is our contention before the honourable Court that land cannot be forcefully acquired on low rates by the Government in order to...
...unreasonably enrich private developers. The honourable Court was pleased to issue notices to RUDA and the Government of Punjab to respond to the Petition. The Court further directed RUDA to refrain from taking any further steps in the acquisition process.
We highlighted before the honourable Court that despite multiple restraining orders passed by the Court, RUDA’s contractors were making demarcations on the project land. The honourable Court took strong exception to such actions and has summoned the... acquisition collector of RUDA before the Court tomorrow to apprise the Court on what grounds is land of the affectees being disturbed given the fact that the Court has, in prior petitions, suspended the acquisition proceedings.
It is our hope that the law on forceful acquisitions will evolve as a consequence of these proceedings, and the fundamental right to land will stand protected from forceful acquisitions for profit under this colonial era draconian law.
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For context: Certain residents of Sheikhupura received notices under Sections 9/10 of the Land Acquisition Act that an award is being finalised for acquisition of their land by RUDA for the Ravi Project. Such a notice can only be issued if...
a section 5 notice has already been issued and the land owners are afforded a 30 day period to provide objections to such acquisition under Section 5-A of the Act. It is only after recording objections under 5-A, and accepting or rejecting such objections with cogent reasons,...
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