Yeida to Implement New Land Allotment Guidelines Following M3M Dispute


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    NOIDA, India — The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (Yeida) plans to introduce new guidelines for land allotment, prompted by a recent dispute involving the M3M Group. As reported by Hindustantimes this initiative aims to improve transparency and encourage fair competition among bidders, safeguarding government revenue.


    A recent controversy involving the M3M Group highlighted significant gaps in the current land auction process. The plots were initially awarded to M3M without e-bidding after two rounds of tendering, during which only M3M submitted a bid. This resulted in a substantial revenue loss for the government, prompting the need for more competitive and transparent bidding procedures.

    Existing Rules and Limitations

    Under the current rules, if only one bidder participates in the initial e-auction, the bidding period is extended twice, each time by seven days. If there remains only one bidder after these extensions, the plot is awarded to that bidder, provided their bid exceeds the reserve price. This process has proven inadequate in fostering competition, as evidenced by the M3M case.

    Proposed Changes

    Yeida’s new guidelines are designed to ensure more robust competition among bidders. If only one bidder emerges in the first round of e-auction, the deadline will be extended by seven days. If there is still only one bidder after this extension, an additional seven-day extension will be applied. If, following these two extensions, only one bidder remains, the bid will be canceled and the tender will be reissued.

    These new rules will also apply to infrastructure and development projects to prevent any single company from monopolizing bids due to a lack of competition. This broader application aims to safeguard the government’s financial interests.

    Specific Case: M3M Group

    The M3M Group was initially awarded two land parcels without e-bidding after two rounds of tendering, resulting in a significant revenue loss for the government. The state government canceled the allotment on May 10, 2024, citing a lack of healthy competition and minimal bid increases over the reserve price. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India had previously recommended eliminating ambiguities in the allotment rules of Noida, Greater Noida, and Yeida. However, the government later reversed its decision, reinstating the allotments to M3M.

    Expected Outcomes

    By introducing these new guidelines, Yeida aims to foster a more competitive and transparent bidding environment. This change is expected to prevent scenarios where single bidders can secure plots at prices only slightly above the reserve price, as occurred in the M3M dispute.

    The increased competition is anticipated to drive up bid prices, resulting in higher revenue for the government. This approach aligns with recommendations from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, emphasizing the need to eliminate ambiguities in the allotment rules of Noida, Greater Noida, and Yeida.

    Broader Impact on Real Estate Development

    The new guidelines could significantly impact real estate development in the region. By ensuring fair competition, Yeida hopes to attract more developers and investors, leading to more diverse and high-quality development projects.


    The introduction of new guidelines by Yeida marks a significant step toward ensuring fairness and transparency in the land allotment process. By fostering healthy competition among bidders, these changes aim to prevent financial losses for the government and promote more robust development in the region. As Yeida prepares to present these proposals to its board on June 21, the real estate and development sectors await the positive impact these changes are expected to bring.

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