Private entities in TN can swap patta land for government land for projects – The New Indian Express


Express press service

CHENNAI: Industries and educational institutions can now swap their patta land for government poramboke land to expand their existing projects, according to new land swap guidelines issued by the state government to replace standing orders on receipts (26A). The guidelines were issued in accordance with the recommendations of a five-member committee formed last year.

The exchange of land for the consolidation of holdings of industries or educational establishments or for access to patta land will be subject to the condition that the extent of the land to be exchanged does not exceed 30% of the total area (block of land against which the exchange proposal was made) owned by the applicant with a clear title. Land exchange can be done for agricultural and non-agricultural purposes.

A finance ministry official told TNIE the idea was to retain the government land pool which has shrunk over the years. “If we alienate land from the government, regardless of the value of the land, we will lose it permanently. Under this exchange program, industries, educational institutions or private parties will obtain land from the government and in exchange the state will get the same stretch of land in another accessible location,” the senior official said.

Another official said land swapping was allowed even earlier on a case-by-case basis, but the guidelines were unclear. When private entities opt for expansion, there are bound to be small government lands near their project sites that cannot be acquired. by them, which can make the implementation of the project impossible.

The new arrangement is a win-win situation for the government and the private sector. The land swap does not cover water bodies and if it involves land in sensitive areas such as buffer zones, hills conservation authority, elephant or tiger corridors and ecologically sensitive areas , the proposal will be channeled through the Forestry Department.

The government order also stipulates that if the poramboke land which is partially or fully enclosed within a block of private party patta land and is requested to be exchanged, the patta land shall be given in the same block of land. The patta field must have access to the road of the highest category adjoining the block of land.

If it is not possible to provide patta land in the same block, the alternative land should preferably be given within 1 km of the overall boundary of the private land to be consolidated with frontage on the same category or category higher than the road.

The value of the patta lands will be fixed according to the indicative value. If the indicative value of state land is less than the patta land, then regardless of the valuation, the patta land offered for exchange must be equal to the state land.

Similarly, if the indicative value of the state lands is higher than that of the patta lands, then the patta lands offered must be equal in size to the patta lands and the difference in price must be expressed in money, otherwise the extent of the patta lands taken in exchange must be as long as the value of the plots of patta and poromboke are equal.

The former president of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mr Ponnuswami, said this was a long-standing issue. “Usually, to acquire or alienate this land, it takes years. The new arrangement could help accelerate the project,” he said.

For agricultural and non-agricultural purposes
The extent of land to be exchanged will be limited to 30% of the total area owned by the applicant with a clear title. Can be for agricultural and non-agricultural purposes.

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