Many ongoing projects including housing and industries will brace for an escalation in costs as the new land law has come into force on Wednesday.
The much-touted Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Rehabilitation and Resettlement law—that provides four times hike in rural land price—will apply to all projects where compensations are yet to be given for land acquisition.
Industries like the housing or hotels will be forced to buy land directly from owners without the help of the state government as the new law — aimed to bring transparency in land dealings — clearly defines "public purpose" are areas under which the government can acquire land. The provisions, tilted heavily in favour of farmers and land owners, would not apply in case of private deals.
An advisory from the Centre has been sent to the states to explain the provisions of the bill. The law, a key political promise of the UPA comes when barely a few months are left for the next election but the Congress hopes to package it as a part of their plank for strengthening of entitlements of aam aadmi.
"A private builder building a condominium cannot expect government to acquire the land. Why should government acquire land to a private builder to build country homes for the well-offs," Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh said.