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UT rural land value: Solanki gives approval, proposal sent to Centre

What is the compensation amount of a piece of acquired land in Chandigarh’s rural area? The answer to this question is expected to be given by the Centre after UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki approved the proposal for calculating multiplier factor under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

punjab Updated: Jul 18, 2016 12:55 IST
Aneesha Bedi
UT had spent around Rs 11 crore on the construction of the school building and a community centre on 3.5 acres of land acquired in 2003 to expand the second phase of IT park. HT File
UT had spent around Rs 11 crore on the construction of the school building and a community centre on 3.5 acres of land acquired in 2003 to expand the second phase of IT park. HT File(HT File)

What is the compensation amount of a piece of acquired land in Chandigarh’s rural area? The answer to this question is expected to be given by the Centre after UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki approved the proposal for calculating multiplier factor under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

The proposal for the multiplier for working out the compensation for land was approved by the UT administrator early July and was sent to the Union ministry of home affairs for notification on July 13.

Education-cum-finance secretary, Sarvjit Singh, told HT, “The policy has been approved by the UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki, now we have sent it to the Centre for it to be notified as soon as possible.”

The development comes in the backdrop of a government school building in Kishengarh which is constructed on land that had been under litigation for long, following which it slipped out of the UT administration’s hands. As stated in the letter marked to the UT joint secretary, ministry of home affairs, ‘It has become urgent to get the multiplier notified as acquisition of 9 acre land on which government school already stands erected and has been quashed on technical ground (referred) up to the Supreme Court and the patch of land needs to be acquired afresh under the new Act’.

Manimajra based Prem Singh and his wife, Tej Kaur, are the owners of the land. Their son, Shamsher Singh, said, “I am glad the administration is doing what they should have done long ago. I didn’t want to play with the future of children who would be enrolled here, but my family and I are justified in asking for compensation.”

Background

The UT had spent around Rs 11 crore on the construction of the school building and a community centre on 3.5 acres of land, which was part of the 55.9 acres acquired from the village in 2003 to expand the second phase of Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (IT park). According to information gathered under RTI, the UT administration had taken the possession of 18.6 acres of land and a school was constructed.

The land slipped out of the administration’s hands when the Punjab and Haryana high court quashed its acquisition notification in 2013, on grounds similar to which the Supreme Court had quashed the acquisition of about 275 acres of land for the third phase of the IT Park, in October 2012. Soon after, the UT administration filed a special leave petition in the apex court, which too was dismissed in March 2014.

Multiplier for rural areas proposed to be 1

The UT has proposed that the multiplier for the rural area falling within the UT of Chandigarh be set at 01, as ‘rural area of Chandigarh being small is contiguous with the urban area’ mentioned in the proposal marked to the centre, a copy of which is with HT.

Ajay Jagga, a local advocate, said, “Litigations, on inadequate compensation on land acquisition, were multiplying but with the notification of the new Act by the UT administration, the problems are likely to be over, due to existence of proper mechanism in the new law.”