Tamil Nadu to commence land pooling on housing projects


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After the implementation of the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, the acquisition of land has become a costly affair. The State Assembly has passed a bill for launching the Land Pooling Area Development Scheme for housing and infrastructure projects. As per a provision in the Tamil Nadu Town and Country Planning Act, a portion of land acquired from the landlord will be constructed and then returned.

O Panneerselvam, Deputy Chief Minister, shared that the land readjustment and land pooling are ways to involve the landowners as partners in development. The scheme can also curb the earlier tedious land acquisition process and meet the land requirements of the State. Directorate of Town and Country Planning can adopt the scheme initiated by the public sector undertaking or statutory body. The body must be operating under the wing of the Centre or State.

Another bill was passed by the assembly according to which a statutory would be granted to the Transferable Development Rights (TDR). This would include compensating the landlords surrendering their land for the construction of new roads, widening of existing roads, traffic and transportation development in urban areas with a certain amount of additional built-up area. 

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