Hry set to change policy on de-notifying acquired land

  • | Friday | 22nd September, 2023

Chandigarh: In a significant development, the Haryana government would soon withdraw and then introduce changes in its policy through which it prescribed the procedure to de-notify land acquired under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, if the public purpose for which it had been acquired becomes unviable or unnecessary.A formal statement in this regard was made by the Haryana government counsel before the Punjab and Haryana high court on September 13 in response to a related petition. Haryana additional advocate general Ankur Mittal informed the HC that there is some scope of amendments in the rules dated September 14, 2018, that provide the procedure to be followed for release of land under the provisions of Section 101 (A) of the Right to Fair Compensation Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.Mittal told the division bench, comprising Justice Sureshwar Thakur and Justice Kuldeep Tiwari, that the Haryana government would shortly take a decision to recall these policies . We also published the following articles recentlyLand swap: Haryana still to offer alternative land to UTHaryana has not provided an alternative land parcel in the land swapping proposal with Chandigarh. The UT had requested a report on the eco-sensitive zone, but Haryana officials stated that their proposal is pending with the Centre. Haryana also did not respond to the query about offering an alternative land parcel. The negotiations for the transfer of Chandigarh land to Haryana for the new legislative assembly are ongoing. The eco-sensitive zone proposed by Haryana is awaiting approval from the Centre.Frame policy for freehold land, state toldThe Bombay High Court has instructed the government to establish a clear policy by the end of September for converting Class II lands to Class I lands. The court expressed dissatisfaction with the governments delays in decision-making, despite assurances that premium charges would be reduced. Over 3,000 cooperative housing societies in Mumbai and 22,000 in the state are affected by the conversion issue. Petitions for the conversion have been pending since 2014, nearly a decade.Land acquired for road after TDR simplificationThe Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has acquired 40,000 square metres of land in a month for the Katraj-Kondhwa road widening project. The PMC simplified the process of allotting transferable development rights (TDR) to expedite the acquisition and speed up road construction. The road width has been reduced from 84 metres to 50 metres due to a lack of available land. The PMC aims to complete the road by March next year and has already utilised Rs48 crore from public funds. The state government has approved funds worth Rs200 crore for the project.

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