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Rajasthan urban development department seeks advice to implement land pooling act
ET Realty  |  May 23, 2019

TNN Jaipur

Under the scheme, any land owners can come and give their land and authorities would act as a facilitator and develop the land as per layout rules.

 

The urban development and housing (UDH) department has sought suggestions from the law department, after formulating draft of rules and regulations, to implement the Land Pooling Act in the state.

 

The much delayed Land Pooling Act is expected to come into force after the Lok Sabha elections. A senior official source said, in Rajasthan too, the government would promote the Land Pooling Schemes (LPS), as the model is successfully implemented in many cities like Mumbai.

 

Under the scheme, any land owners can come and give their land and authorities would act as a facilitator and develop the land as per layout rules.

 

The civic body would later give developed proportionate piece of land with all necessary infrastructure including roads, parks and open spaces to the land owner. While as a facilitator, it can earn revenue by way of its share (including development cost), landowners get good value for their share of the land. An official source said, “The development authority can ask expression of interest (EOI) from the farmers. Owners having a particular size of land can come forward.”

 

The bill passed by the previous BJP government could not be implemented as the department failed to frame rules and regulations. A UDH official said, “The bill received the approval from the President of India, the (UDH) also released the notification for the same. However, it could not see the light of day as rules were not framed.”

 

Land pooling policy was devised as an alternative to the cumbersome process of land acquisition for development. As per the Act, part of land will be used for urban infrastructure development with the consent of the landowner, under the Land Pooling Scheme, instead of the UDH acquiring the land.

 

Sources at UDH said, apart from this, two more bills related to UDH that were passed in the state assembly during the previous BJP government’s tenure continue to remain only on paper.

 

The Rajasthan Urban Land (Certification of Titles) Act, 2016 was passed by the Rajasthan assembly on April 4, 2016 for the first time in the country with an aim to curb fraudulent practices in sale and purchase of non-agricultural land in urban areas by issuing a certificate of ownership for a nominal fee.