The Uttar Pradesh government has given the go ahead to development authorities and housing boards across the state to directly purchase land from the owners and farmers for development.
The decision will allow the Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) to purchase land to develop townships, for which it has been facing issues.
“The approval for purchase of land up to 10 acres can be made by the vice-chairman of the authority. Purchase of land over 10 acres has to be approved by the respective board. The rates for the land will also be approved by a committee headed by the district magistrate,” DP Singh, GDA’s officer on special duty, said.
The government order has made it clear that the land purchased in urban areas should not cost more than twice the market rate or the prevalent circle rate, which ever is higher. A price up to four times the market rate or circle rate has been allowed for land in rural areas.
In an earlier provision in May 2015, the rate of land costing up to `10 crore was to be decided by a committee headed by the additional district magistrate and then approved by the district magistrate. Land costing more than `10 crore was to be decided by a committee headed by the district magistrate and then approved by the divisional commissioner.
“This process was time consuming and we had asked the state-level officials to simplify the process and allow the direct land purchase. There has been issues and several acres of our land is tied in litigation due to which the authority could not carry out development works. With the new provision, the authority has formed a committee to look into possibilities of direct land purchase and development of townships,” Singh said.
Officials said the state government has taken the decision to develop a land bank with development authorities and housing board.
In Ghaziabad, major chunks of land at Indirapuram Extension and Madhuban Bapudham have been tied in litigation for past 8-10 years as the farmers moved court. Further, nearly 400 acres at Basantpur Sainthli and Duhai are also caught up in litigation, after famers challenged the acquisition. The GDA had planned to develop a transport nagar for truckers.
Earlier, the government also gave similar powers to industrial development agencies in neighbouring Gautam Budh Nagar to purchase land directly.