If your land is being acquired by the government for road construction, you might just be allowed more built-up area on the plot provided in compensation. Unhappy over the way its road projects get stuck due to land disputes, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has decided to change its acquisition policy that will benefit people who lose their land.
The new policy is expected to help speedy completion of projects such as Rani Jhansi grade separator, which is stuck in a land dispute.
To complete the project, the civic agency needs to acquire land from Tyre Market and some other plots belonging to the Indian Railways. The project has been stuck for the past four years. Sometimes to build right of way too, the MCD has to acquire land from property owners that lead to long disputes and delays.
At present, the civic body takes away land for roads for free or in many cases, gives an alternative site to property owners. It also has a separate policy for properties falling in unauthorised regularised colonies, colonies/ areas approved prior to 1962, areas like Walled City, approved colonies and farmhouses.
According to senior MCD officials, to fasten projects there needs to be a better policy in place, so that land acquisition plans do not take years to be sorted out.
“One suggestion is to allow larger Floor Area Ratio to property owners," said an official.
The MCD has recently formed a sub-committee to look into the matter. Vijay Prakash Pandey, councillor and convener of the three-member sub-committee, said they would have their first meeting soon.
“Whenever the MCD has to acquire land for road widening or building right of way, controversies arise. We will devise ways so that controversies can be sorted to the maximum benefit of the civic body as well as the property owners involved,” the official added.