Land de-notification: petition filed in HC
Aggrieved that the government has allowed the land acquisition process of the vexed Dabolim airport parking issue to lapse, activist Joao Philip Pereira has approached the Bombay High Court at Goa seeking that the government re-acquire the land in public interest.
In his petition, Pereira has prayed that the court direct the State of Goa to take immediate steps for acquiring the said land under Survey No 8/1 (part) of Dabolim, for the purpose of expansion of the Dabolim Airport. He has also sought that any sale deeds entered into between the private owners of the land and other parties be declared illegal, null and void ab initio.
Pereira said he was aggrieved by the notification dated 16/3/2011 issued by Respondent No 1 (Department of Revenue) and all proceedings incidental to the issuance of the said notification the purported cabinet decision withdrawing from acquisition the land under Survey No 8/1 Part.
Pereira said that he was “aggrieved with the large-scale irregularity/illegality committed by Respondent No 4 (Mormugao Planning and Development Authority) in discharging his duties and making misleading and false representations.
He further said he was “concerned with the entire decision making process of the Respondent No 1 (State of Goa) and the respondent No 4 (MPDA) and the misuse and/or abuse of powers by these respondents in perpetrating illegality, which has resulted in a total failure and miscarriage of public cause and justice.”
It may be recalled that the government had de-notified the acquired land, which Pereira said the government acted in an arbitrary, whimsical and discriminatory manner in picking and choosing the land for acquisition and de-notification as per the whims and fancies of the private owners.[H]