Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Wednesday assured that the State’s land acquisition policy will be ready by the month-end and said that besides paying market value for acquiring land, the government is also considering paying an annuity for 20 years to agricultural and orchard land losers.
He stated that the committee under the chairmanship of Law Commission chairman with both the District Collectors is presently determining the market rate of land in different areas and also the method to compute the annuity to be paid to the land losers.
While this committee is expected to complete its work this week itself, the government should be in a position to declare the policy by the month end, said Digambar Kamat.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also clarified on the confusion created by Chief Town Planner’s statement that development could be permitting in eco-sensitive zones of the nine talukas whose regional plans are not notified. He said the government had banned any development in the eco-sensitive zones since May this year.
He disclosed that at the Town and Country Planning Board meeting on 16th April 2010, it was decided to prohibit any development in eco-sensitive areas and accordingly a circular was issued on 17th May banning development or construction in notified forests, private forests, sloppy land having a gradient of more than 25 per cent, mangrove areas, water bodies, cultivated paddy fields.
He further revealed that the reason for the delay in notifying plans of other talukas was due to the fact that the Survey numbers have not been included in their maps. Once this exercise was completed, the maps of these talukas to will be notified, he said.