Even as the BJP government at the Centre is facing the Opposition attack over the land acquisition Bill, the Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to simplify the acquisition process and acquire land for its projects only through consent from farmers and land owners.
The new system of acquiring land by mutual agreement between the buyer and seller was granted approval at a meeting of the state Cabinet on Tuesday.
Sources said the system has been introduced to tide over the delay in acquiring land under the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, and to prevent any legal tussle with land owners.
The new model was given a final stamp of approval by the Cabinet after it was successfully tested for acquiring land for the 300-km long Agra-Lucknow Expressway. “Almost 95% of the land acquisition for the project has been done without a single protest, which clearly signals this is the best possible way to acquire land for all future development projects,” said a state government official, adding the new system would help tide over the delay in acquiring land under the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, and also prevent any legal tussle with land owners.
The compensation for the land acquired in urban areas will not be more than two times the market value or circle rate and in the rural areas it will not be more than four times the market value of the land. N addition, the land owners will also be paid for the property, trees and standing crops on their land.
If land cannot be acquired through mutual agreement, action would be taken under the provisions of the 2013 Act and the concerning government orders, an official said.
According to sources, the new way of acquiring land is expected to pave the way for all those development and infrastructure projects which had been caught up because acquiring land for them under the existing act was proving to be a major hurdle for the implementing agencies.