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Cabinet clears land bill, gives reforms a push

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 13, 2012
First Published: 23:06 IST(13/12/2012) | Last Updated: 00:46 IST(14/12/2012)

The cabinet on Thursday cleared the land acquisition bill, paving way for its introduction in the winter session.

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With the new law in place, the government hopes to facilitate land acquisitions that have become a roadblock for the economy. The cabinet also removed bureaucratic hurdles that hold up highway projects.

According to the provisions of the bill, consent of 80% of landowners would be needed to acquire land for private industrial projects. The consent would be 70% in case of public-private partnership projects. No consent would be required in case of projects acquired for government purpose.

The bill also has provisions for return of the unutilised land to the land losers.

The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure also cleared a proposal allowing the road ministry to decide the mode of execution of highway projects (whether it should be on BOT toll, annuity or other) where the traffic volume is between 5,000 and 10,000-passenger car units. So far, the ministry had to go to the cabinet to get approval for each and every project, which often resulted in delays. 

Minister of state for rural development Lalchand Kataria had on Wednesday told the Rajya Sabha that the government intended to introduce the official amendments to the Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011, in the Lok Sabha in the winter session.


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