NEW DELHI: Holding that natural resources must be disposed of in a manner to achieve maximum benefit, the Supreme Court said that government authorities should not allot public land arbitrarily to commercial developers without ensuring larger public interest.
“Where the statute has provided for several modes of disposal, the choice among one of the available methods must facilitate the fulfilment of public interest. That inter alia requires consideration being given to all aspects of the matter including the nature and value of the land, the purpose of the allotment and the need for the authority to generate funds to facilitate the objects for which it was constituted, such as planned development. The choice of one of a range of permissible choices can never be based on the anvil of conferring an undeserved benefit on a commercial developer,” a bench of then Chief Justice J S Khehar and D Y Chandrachudsaid.
As carried in toi on 1/9/2017