UP Cabinet Approves Land Pooling Policy
After Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh would soon implement a land pooling policy, which received the state Cabinet’s approval on February 13. The policy is aimed at fast tracking work on infrastructure projects in the state that have been delayed due to land acquisition issues.
At present, there are over 350 infrastructure projects in the state that are stalled because of land acquisition issues. Once the policy is launched, development bodies in cities such as Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Kanpur and Allahabad would acquire land through the land-polling method.
Under the policy, the farmers will have to give up their agricultural land to form a pool that will later be taken over by the state agency for developing urban infrastructure and housing. The authority will utilise 40 per cent of the land pooled for developing basic amenities, including roads, drainage system, parks etc,. The other 40 per cent of the developed land will be returned to the owners based on their contribution to the pool while the remaining 20 per cent will be sold to developers to recover the cost of infrastructure and amenities. The state government could also introduce an annual compensation plan for the farmers if the land pooled is fertile for agricultural use.
This policy, when launched, will ease the land acquisition process for the state authorities. It will cut down the compensation negotiations with the farmers, which has been a major cause of delay in acquisition. Moreover, a major share of project cost, which goes as compensation to the farmers, could now be saved.
Recently, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had launched an online portal for landowners who want to pool their land. Delhi’s policy is open for all landowners who own land in the areas notified by the DDA or the state government. Landowners, with any size of holding can register through an application process.