FE Editorial : Landing an opportunity
This obvious problem apart, the original LAAR of 2011 was quite progressive in terms of defining the scope of projects where the government would assist in acquiring land. This included PPP projects and infrastructure which was defined to include electricity, telecom, roads, highways, tourism, ports, airports etc. In May 2012, the Standing Committee poured cold water on this and categorically said that no government help could be given in acquiring land for PPP projects, and that the definition of infrastructure gave a great latitude to government to include projects in it, and needed to narrowed down. Where the Standing Committee improved (from industry’s point of view) upon the original Bill was in saying the threshold levels for R&R obligations should be left to individual states to fix. The government on Thursday
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