Maharashtra welcomes changes to land acquisition bill

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 31, 2014 22:22 IST

The Maharashtra government has welcomed the modifications made by the Centre to the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013.

The state has claimed the amendments, which the central government made via the ordinance route on Monday, will help push infrastructure and development projects, as the norms of compensation and acquisition for public projects have been made more development-friendly.

Sudhir Mungantiwar, finance and forest minister, said the changes made in the act will help take public projects ahead in a time-bound manner. “The ordinance has not made any change in the compensation to be paid to landowners and we have no problem in paying landholders their dues. The removal of the consent clause is a big relief, as many public projects were stalled because of protests and the involvement of vested interests,” he said.

With the scrapping of the clause demanding the consent of 80% of affected people for a project, procedural delays can be avoided, an officer from the forest department said.

“The cost of compensation has not been reduced through the ordinance. Now, social impact studies for projects will not be required, which will save time,” he said. Some of the changes incorporated are on the lines of the recommendations made by the Maharashtra government, the officer added.

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