DDA fails to take possession of 1,613 acres of land

NEW DELHI: Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has lost 1,613 acres of land, which is three times the size of President’s Estate, even after acquiring them as it failed to take physical possession of these land parcels. DDA has admitted this to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) citing how the land acquisition law enacted during UPA benefited original landowners.

CAG in its latest report on management of land by DDA has highlighted how the lack of coordination between the authority and Delhi government resulted in failure to procure the land parcels for development. The central auditor has referred to 1,566 acres of land in its report, which fall in Bakkarwala, Tikri Kalan, Malikpur Kohi/ Rangpuri, Bamnoli, Nasirpur, Kirari Suleman Nagar and Madanpur Dabas.

“It was noticed in respect of seven cases of acquisition, although the awards for acquisition of 2,052 acres of land were announced before January 1, 2009, physical possession of only 486 acres of land was received up to October 2016. As such, land measuring 1,566 acres has not been received up to October 2016. The acquisition of this may lapse in view of the enactment of Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. This, the purpose of acquisition of land would get defeated, delaying the benefit of development to citizens , ” the report said.

TOI in April 2015 had first reported how the land acquisition Act of 2014 had benefited a section of landowners in Delhi. In a series of judgements, the Delhi high court even scrapped acquisition of several acres of land in Delhi by government agencies, some of them dating back to 1986. DDA officials had admitted that about 150 such judgements had come and that they had written to the Delhi government and urban development ministry to probe whether there was a collusion between farmers and land acquisition collectors.

Credits ET Realty

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