The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is facing prospect of losing 13,240 acres as its possession could lapse under a clause of the land acquisition law introduced by the earlier UPA government in 2013, an Indian Express report said. It as well as the Urban Development Ministry, in written submissions, have flagged the issue in front of Joint Committee on The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015. The panel is likely to visit farmers to take their opinion on some provisions of the land law.
As per the report, the DDA has informed the panel that out of 90,326 acres of land acquired, it got possession of 77,086 acres through Delhi Government’s Land and Building Department. The 13,240 acres possession was not given to DDA. Under the land acquisition act of 1894, which was there before the UPA land law came into being in 2013, after the announcement of the award, the the land’s possession was taken by the land acquisition collector and handed over to the DDA or any other requisitioning department through Land and Bank Department.
Under Section 24 (2) of land acquisition act introduced by previous UPA government, the land acquisition lapsed if physical possession was not taken or compensation not paid for five years or more before the commencement of the act. “Since the possession of the 13,240 acres has neither been taken by the land acquisition collectors, nor handed over to the DDA, and award made five years or more prior to the commencement of new land acquisition act, this land is covered under provisions of Section 24 (2) and acquisition proceedings are deemed to have lapsed. This is adversely affecting various on-going projects,” the DDA told the panel, as per Indian Express report.
It further informed the panel that acquisition proceedings in 844 writ petitions filed by landowners have been declared lapsed under the land acquisition act of 2013, which involved 1,623 acres. Apart from this, nearly 2,935 acres is affected due to pending court cases on this issue. The DDA, while giving specific details of projects, said: “Development of sectors 34 to 37 of the Rohini Residential Scheme has been adversely affected where residential plots for allotment to registrants of the Rohini Residential Scheme are being developed,” the report added further.