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  • #21

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    Served with eviction notice, Ramnagar residents seek justice

    LUCKNOW: In a memorandum given to Lucknow Development Authority, residents of Ramnagar in Aishbagh have sought justice from the vice-chairman claiming that the authority has been constantly harassing them to evict the place despite the fact that they have been living there for over 40 years.

    They claim that around 103 residents have deposited money with the LDA to get registries done of their houses but the authority never took interest in the matter.

    The area in questions is a nazul land. The LDA had tried to forcefully vacate the habitation in 1999, then in 2001, and also a few months back, but failed to do so due to stiff opposition from the residents.

    Ramnagar residents have alleged that that some LDA officials connived with local traders in plotting the area and sold around 80 plots to people without rehabilitating the original inhabitants.

    As a result of the tussle between the inhabitants and the LDA, the allottees have not been able to get possession of the plots till date.

    In the memorandum, residents have also mentioned that in 2005 when LDA was demolishing their houses, the then chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had intervened and stalled the drive. People have put in a request to the CM in the letter to order an inquiry by crime branch of Criminal Investigation Department (CB CID) into the matter.

    Meanwhile, SP MLA Ravidas Malhotra has assured the residents that their houses would not be demolished.

    He has rescued the residents in earlier such incidents too, during eviction drives of LDA.

    He has also assured to help them in providing ownership of the land they have been living in for years.

    The allottees who could not get possession of the plots had filed a writ in the high court. In December 2012, the court directed authorities to amicably relocate the inhabitants to another area in the four months and give possession to the allottees. However, nothing substantial has been done as yet. As of now, the matter is still sub-judice.












    Served with eviction notice, Ramnagar residents seek justice - The Times of India
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      Charbagh most polluted in Lucknow

      Charbagh is the most polluted area in Lucknow, says a report published by Indian Institute of Toxicology Research on Wednesday to coincide with the World Environment Day.

      The study, carried out in nine locations of the state capital, showed Charbagh having the highest average level of respirable particulate matter (RSPM), sulphur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen among all the locations. The area also has the highest level of night-time noise and second highest lead concentration, next to Amausi industrial area.

      As per the the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), the prescribed permissible limit of RSPM is 100 micrograms per cubic metre. However, the average at almost all the locations was about twice this limit. Charbagh had RSPM of 253.66 while Amausi industrial area clogged an RSPM figure of 224.29 micrograms per cubic metre. Among the four residential locations that were monitored, Vikas Nagar had the highest concentration of RSPM at 242.16 micrograms per cubic metre.

      Furthermore, Indira Nagar had the highest concentration of sulphur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen at 22.52 and 50.19 micrograms per cubic metre in the residential locations. Overall, Charbagh was again the worst offender with 23.62 and 58.42 micrograms per cubic metre of sulphur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen respectively. Level of these two gases in all locations was well below the NAAQS prescribed limit of 80 micrograms per cubic metre but showed an increasing trend compared to last year.

      The report cited addition of 1,09,773 vehicles on the roads of Lucknow as the chief reason for pollution and called for "emergency attention of policy makers, researchers and regulatory agencies."

      Presence of subsidised public transport (such as metro, monorail), improved traffic management, no encroachments, removal of pressure horns, proper footpaths, public awareness programmes, and an increase in parking charges to discourage the use of personal vehicles were some of the recommendations in the report.











      Charbagh most polluted in Lucknow - Indian Express
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        Ansal API's stand on Real Estate Bill

        LUCKNOW: Builders of the biggest township in the city, Ansal API who have been setting up a hi-tech project on Sultanpur Road said, "The real estate bill was long due and it is certainly a step in the right direction. We welcome the bill as it looks to be a balanced one that seeks to ensure that non-compliance is minimal both by the developers and consumers. I am hopeful that whenever the regulatory body will come into existence, it will have adequate safeguard measures for developers also along with the consumers."

        The builder had entered into a controversy some time back regarding a disputed stretch of land in their project. They had proposed construction of 'Astha Apartments' on a 104 acre stretch of Barauna village which was disputed with Housing Board. While Housing Board said that it had acquired this land in 2004, the developer defended itself stating that there might be some clerical error on the agency's part as they hold documents and an approved plan layout by LDA. It involved money of more than 864 allottees.

        The matter was subjudice and has now been referred to the government to take decide on ownership. A company official said, "Had this bill been in place before, such errors and confusions would have probably been avoided. The real estate industry needed a professional environment to prosper which seems a reality with this bill. At the same time it will go a long way towards increasing customers' confidence in the real estate industry."








        Ansal API's stand on Real Estate Bill - The Times of India
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          Real Estate Bill alarm bell for dubious builders

          LUCKNOW: The Real Estate Regulation and Development Bill will possibly weed out non-serious developers in the business to make easy money, claim big developers of the city. More than 70% projects in the city, big as well as small, have some lacuna or the other in terms of obtaining necessary approvals, claim industry experts. This implies that once the bill gets enacted, a majority of projects would come under the scanner and could possibly be stalled, thereby affecting thousands of people.

          The bill ensures developers register all projects with the state regulatory authority and adhere to deadline and specifications promised to the buyer. It could also make provisions for penalising realtors who dupe people through misleading advertisements.

          Besides, an important feature is that the developer needs to seek all necessary clearances before selling his property. He cannot collect money from buyers before obtaining important permits from various agencies. This comes as a great relief for end users who are not given clear picture about the land acquisition status by many developers.

          The move has been welcome by established players who said setting up an apex regulatory body was the need of the hour to bring the much needed control in the industry.

          A senior executive of a real estate major said, "We have been persuading the state housing department to make regulations to put a check on small developers who have recently mushroomed and have been giving bad name to the industry. It is a positive move for end users as also for the industry in longer run."

          Experts claimed around 30% projects are being developed in the outskirts by small and fly-by-night operators who have not taken approval from either of the authorities-Lucknow Development Authority or UP Housing and Development Board.

          Since the land (mostly agricultural) on which the projects are coming up are on the periphery, developers have got maps conveniently approved by local zila panchayat bodies for lesser rates. These are small projects on about 20-25-30 acres of land.

          One can see such projects mushrooming near Barabanki and on Deva Road, Gosainganj on Sitapur Road, Mohanlalganj on Rae Bareli road and the stretch between Amausi airport and Unnao on Kanpur Road. Before obtaining necessary approvals, developers market their projects at attractive rates to lure public.

          "Thousands of ignorant people who want to put money into real estate are misled by false advertisements and end up putting money into them without caring whether due approvals are in place or not. A layman would hardly enquire about such formalities. He's interested only investing money for a good deal", said another real estate executive.

          With heat turning on small developers, industry senses a temporary slowdown in the real estate sector in near future. With more checks at every stage right from seeking registration, obtaining licence, preparing DPR (detailed project report), acquiring land, completing construction and complying to promises made to a buyer, many non-serious, fly-by-night operators who were dabbling with housing sector for quick profit would disappear.

          This slowdown would eventually lead to the sector turning more organised and credible with only a few serious players operating, hopes the industry. Their only concern is, "To make this bill consumer-friendly, government should ensure it is implemented with strictness so that no one gets away with unlawful means. We all know what happens to a law or policy in the country."

          Currently, there are about 50-odd developers in the city, both big and small trying to grab a bigger pie of the market. Out of this, about 15 are big and committed players who normally comply with the norms. "Big players can't afford to flout norms as we have to register ourselves with LDA and get their approval from time to time. Besides, we have to deposit to them a huge amount as security before launching any project, lest we drop out of the project halfway through", said a prominent builder of the city.

          There are more than 120 projects developing in the city. Interestingly, almost all developers resort to the pre-launch stage where a realtor attracts investors through his chain of trusted brokers to pump money into the project even before it is launched officially. At this stage, a lot of unaccounted money flows in from various investors who are attracted by lower rate of the project.

          Once the project kicks off and its price escalates after the hype and hoopla, investors sell it at a higher price, thus sealing their profit. Once the bill is implemented, brokers and such investors would be worst hit as the bill ensures accountability and transparency at every stage of the project.

          Ansal API had run into a controversy some time back regarding a disputed stretch of land in their project. They had proposed construction of 'Astha Apartments' on a 104-acre stretch of Barauna village which was disputed with Housing Board. While Housing Board said it had acquired this land in 2004, the developer defended stating there might be some clerical error on the agency's part as they hold documents and an approved plan layout by LDA. It involved money of more than 864 allottees.

          The matter was subjudice and has now been referred to the government to take decide on ownership. A company official said, "Had this bill been in place before, such errors and confusions would have probably been avoided. It will raise customers' confidence in real estate."

          Moreover, the bill would give much needed credibility to the sector for procuring loans. A resident said, "A prominent national bank refused to give me home loan for a flat in a renowned township project of the city. The realtors are a big name in the industry but the bank denied giving loan saying they don't have necessary approvals, and carry a track record of delay in projects."

          Another point is that few developers actually take loans from banks and financial institutions as it requires undergoing a long and cumbersome process. Instead, they prefer routing money from investors for constructing the project. "With the bill coming into force, banks might ease the tedious process and also reduce their interest rates which are steep presently", said a realty company's official.

          City's development authority said the bill had been sent to the state government about a year back for their suggestions and recommendations. The bill had been proposed long time back and had been deferred many times in the cabinet. It sought to establish a regulatory authority at the state level.

          Another section of the industry, however, said that setting up another government body at the state level would mean abetting corruption and taking more money from big developers, who would now have to pay off more to the officials to get their projects sanctioned.

          A developer said, "Real estate involves circulation of big money. Corruption in development authorities and various housing agencies level is well known. By creating one more department, the government is imposing another set of officials on us, whom perhaps we would need to pay a huge amount to get our projects approved."

          Big developers also echoed the same fear. They claimed it is big developers who would be impacted the most as every time, it is they who are forced to pay hefty amount to officials to get their projects moving.

          Clearances Developers Seek

          From SEIAA (State Environment Impact Assessment Authority)

          UP State Pollution Control Board

          Airport Authority of India (AAI), to make sure the project is not in buffer zone

          NHAI (National Highway Authority of India) if project is located on its road

          PWD (Public Works Department), if project location is under its purview

          Central Ground Water Authority to ensure water supply in the project

          Defense approval if required

          Fire NOC in case of a multi-storeyed building

          Permits from LDA/Housing Development Board

          Irrigation department, if necessary

          Provisions made by the Real Estate bill

          To set up a state real estate regulator where all developers need to register all their projects

          To complete construction in a timely manner, fulfill promises made to the buyer during announcement

          To obtain all necessary approvals before marketing the product

          Prohibits taking money from buyers before obtaining permit from authorities

          Formation of an appellate tribunal for quick dispute settlement

          Prohibits realtors from releasing misleading advertisements

          Makes it a punishable crime to claim money from people through false claims

          Developers need to have separate bank account for a particular project, not allowed to divert money into other projects

          Real-estate brokers fall in the ambit of the bill, need to register themselves with the regulatory body

          Prohibits realtors to use fancy pictures of architecture used in foreign locations, insists on using real pictures of the actual project to be delivered to the buyers

          Banks may go easy on loan disbursal

          Banks and financial institutions which were so far hesitant giving loans to buyers and realtors doubting the projects would complete in a definite timeline, would now have not much problem disbursing loans, said industry heads. With the bill coming into force and regulator monitoring their activities, banks would be assured about their credibility.

          A broker said, "Interest rates are high on project loans up to 14-15% as few banks are ready to offer loans to realtors. After the bill is introduced, It is likely many banks would now give loans readily to realtors. This would bring down the interest rate considerably with more players in the market."












          Real Estate Bill alarm bell for dubious builders - The Times of India
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            Panel proposes 50:50 fund model for Metro rail in Lucknow

            LUCKNOW: A high-level committee headed by chief secretary Jawed Usmani has proposed to roll out the Metro rail in Lucknow on a 50:50 sharing of funds between the Central government and UP. The same finance model has been used in Delhi Metro project. The estimated cost of the project would be around Rs 1,800 crore.

            The committee that met on Friday, apart from making recommendations on the finance and the Metro route, also approved the report prepared by the special Metro cell and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials. Usmani also directed for forming a special purpose vehicle (SPV) - to be christened as Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation - on an urgent basis for implementation of the project.

            A lot of effort and brainstorming has been put in by the Metro cell, headed by housing secretary Rajiv Agarwal, while preparing the report. The process included repeated attempts to review the proposed routes, revisions of the route map and selecting the most feasible financial model. The report would now be sent to the state cabinet for final nod.

            Usmani has approved construction of the North South corridor (from Amausi to Munshi Pulia) in the first phase. The approved route makes provision for about 3-km stretch of underground track from Charbgah up to Hazratganj, which would bring down the construction cost by about Rs 1,000 crore.

            Earlier, the route proposed 7 km of underground railway track from Mawaiyya till Lucknow University. Taking into consideration the new developing areas of Gomtinagar, Usmani has asked the Metro cell to review the plan of constructing a Gomtinagar Metro link too. This Metro link is proposed from HAL to Patrakarpuram in Gomtinagar.

            The committee also gave a nod to conducting a techno-feasibility study by the DMRC on Tulsidas Road, Subhash Marg and Mill Road for running Metro rail in these areas. Usmani emphasised on speeding up the process of Metro as it's a dream project of SP government and has been given much impetus in the 2013-14 state budget.

            On the proposal of developing Metro line on the outskirts in the wake of extensive development taking place there, Usmani sought a techno-feasibility report from the DMRC on a 42-km stretch on city's periphery in the first phase of the project.

            He also instructed to send a proposal to the Union government on the recommendations of the urban development ministry for adoption of The Metro Railways (construction of works) Act 1978, amended in 2009, and Metro Railway (operation and maintenance) Act 2002.

            To identify alternative sources for funding the Metro project, the chief secretary has directed for formation of a sub-committee headed by secretary, housing and urban planning, and president of the Metro cell. The sub-committee would prepare a report on probable income sources to sustain the operational cost and would submit it within a month to the committee.

            Officials hinted at probable sources of additional income like increasing stamp duty of properties falling within 500 metres of Metro on both sides or allowing more number of floors in buildings to attract builders. Since most of the places are already developed, officials are proposing vertical development to attract more builders to pump in money on the Metro stretch.

            Officials said the government is keen on the project and the ground work may begin in next 8-9 months.







            Panel proposes 50:50 fund model for Metro rail in Lucknow - The Times of India
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              Great news for lucknow's development...thanks for sharing manoj.

              Rgds..

              Originally posted by MANOJa View Post
              LUCKNOW: A high-level committee headed by chief secretary Jawed Usmani has proposed to roll out the Metro rail in Lucknow on a 50:50 sharing of funds between the Central government and UP. The same finance model has been used in Delhi Metro project. The estimated cost of the project would be around Rs 1,800 crore.

              The committee that met on Friday, apart from making recommendations on the finance and the Metro route, also approved the report prepared by the special Metro cell and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials. Usmani also directed for forming a special purpose vehicle (SPV) - to be christened as Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation - on an urgent basis for implementation onf the project.

              A lot of effort and brainstorming has been put in by the Metro cell, headed by housing secretary Rajiv Agarwal, while preparing the report. The process included repeated attempts to review the proposed routes, revisions of the route map and selecting the most feasible financial model. The report would now be sent to the state cabinet for final nod.

              Usmani has approved construction of the North South corridor (from Amausi to Munshi Pulia) in the first phase. The approved route makes provision for about 3-km stretch of underground track from Charbgah up to Hazratganj, which would bring down the construction cost by about Rs 1,000 crore.

              Earlier, the route proposed 7 km of underground railway track from Mawaiyya till Lucknow University. Taking into consideration the new developing areas of Gomtinagar, Usmani has asked the Metro cell to review the plan of constructing a Gomtinagar Metro link too. This Metro link is proposed from HAL to Patrakarpuram in Gomtinagar.

              The committee also gave a nod to conducting a techno-feasibility study by the DMRC on Tulsidas Road, Subhash Marg and Mill Road for running Metro rail in these areas. Usmani emphasised on speeding up the process of Metro as it's a dream project of SP government and has been given much impetus in the 2013-14 state budget.

              On the proposal of developing Metro line on the outskirts in the wake of extensive development taking place there, Usmani sought a techno-feasibility report from the DMRC on a 42-km stretch on city's periphery in the first phase of the project.

              He also instructed to send a proposal to the Union government on the recommendations of the urban development ministry for adoption of The Metro Railways (construction of works) Act 1978, amended in 2009, and Metro Railway (operation and maintenance) Act 2002.

              To identify alternative sources for funding the Metro project, the chief secretary has directed for formation of a sub-committee headed by secretary, housing and urban planning, and president of the Metro cell. The sub-committee would prepare a report on probable income sources to sustain the operational cost and would submit it within a month to the committee.

              Officials hinted at probable sources of additional income like increasing stamp duty of properties falling within 500 metres of Metro on both sides or allowing more number of floors in buildings to attract builders. Since most of the places are already developed, officials are proposing vertical development to attract more builders to pump in money on the Metro stretch.

              Officials said the government is keen on the project and the ground work may begin in next 8-9 months.







              Panel proposes 50:50 fund model for Metro rail in Lucknow - The Times of India

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              • #27

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                Lucknow Development Authority to open registry of Gomtinagar Extension scheme

                LUCKNOW: After covering Phase-1, the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) will soon start registry for apartments constructed in Phase-2 of the Gomtinagar extension scheme. On Tuesday, LDA's officiating vice-chairman AP Tewari designated concerned joint secretary, finance controller and the executive engineer to begin the process as soon as possible.

                The apartments which will be covered in the phase-2 of the scheme include Rohini, Betwa, Sutlej, Shipra and Sulabh Awas Yojana. The construction of the apartments, Tewari said, is nearing completion and would soon be open for registry.

                Under phase-1, LDA had constructed over 1,200 flats. Registry of these properties is already underway. Tewari said the responsibility of registration of these properties has been handed over to the concerned executive engineer.

                Meanwhile, LDA would be expediting the construction of flats in Sunrise apartment, Mansarovar scheme, Jankipuram and Shardanagar scheme. The schemes got stuck following protest by the farmers. LDA has decided to hold meeting with the farmers every 15 days and prepare a report.






                Lucknow Development Authority to open registry of Gomtinagar Extension scheme - The Times of India
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                  After 90-day grace, LMC cancels Uptron land lease

                  LUCKNOW: The Lucknow Municipal Corporation on Wednesday cancelled the land lease deed of the beleaguered behemoth Uptron. With the 90-day grace period coming to an end on Wednesday, municipal commissioner Rakesh Kumar Singh cited three reasons for the cancellation of the deed: Uptron's failure to pay the lease rent, sub-letting land to other offices than those permitted in the deed, and wilfully concealing the extant of the financial crises to the LMC.

                  Speaking to TOI, Singh said, "Many facts of the financial mess Uptron was in were either concealed from us or were supplied very late. It also failed to clarify to Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI) that the offices, housing quarters and workshops were set up on leased land. In March, we had given Uptron a 90-day grace period to explain its stand. However, since we have received no convincing response, the lease has been cancelled with immediate effect."

                  In December 2012, IFCI had taken in its possession nearly six acres of Uptron's land in Gomtinagar for not repaying a loan of over Rs 140 crore. To recover the loan, IFCI had further sold the land to a private builder. However, the LMC intervened saying the leased land could not be sold without its permission and put up boards outside the Uptron office declaring its ownership on the disputed land.

                  In March 2013, the Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court stayed the confirmation of sale of the Uptron's property to a private builder, a day after the LMC petitioned the court saying that the property belonged to the corporation and was only leased out to the company in 1985.

                  Though Uptron had been under the scrutiny of the Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR) for years, it had also taken "unsecured loans" from financial institutions, which government sources maintain they are not liable to pay back.

                  Set up in 1979, Uptron was a leading manufacturer of electronic goods in the early 80s. Its TV sets, with the popular, "What's On: UPTRON" jingle were popular across the country. However, unprofessional management in the early years transformed the enterprise into a loss-making entity within 10 years. In 1994, BIFR declared it a 'sick unit'. Though the state government made several attempts to revive the company, the company remained a non-starter and liabilities kept piling up. Officials said Uptron needs to settle dues that have steadily mounted to more than Rs 1,000 crore levels. In 2010, banks offered a one-time settlement of nearly Rs 50 crore, but the state government did not take any decision in this regard.

                  The dire straits the company has been in has also affected the lot of nearly 400 employees. Though most of them were sent on deputation to different departments of the state government, about 60 employees have still not found placement and their arrears are also on hold. These employees have repeatedly demanded their transfer to other government departments, so that they can get their salaries.








                  After 90-day grace, LMC cancels Uptron land lease - The Times of India
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                    State seeks central funds for Lucknow-Agra e-way

                    The UP government has sought financial assistance in the form of viability gap funding from the Centre for its ambitious 270-km long Lucknow-Agra expressway project.

                    A proposal with the concept paper of the project has been submitted to the Department of Economic Affairs. The matter was also discussed at a recent meeting of state government officers with officials of Union Finance Ministry in Delhi last week.

                    The project was promised by the Samajwadi Party in its election manifesto before the 2012 Assembly elections for faster connectivity of Lucknow to Delhi. It is being planned as an extension of the existing Yamuna Expressway project connecting Greater NOIDA to Agra.

                    The estimated cost of the project is around Rs 9,100 crore and the UP government has already floated "Request for Qualification" document, seeking proposals from interested private players to develop the project on public-private partnership model.

                    Sources said during the pre-bid meeting, private players had asked the state government if the project would be given any "equity support" from the state or the central government.

                    The state government told them that they "envisage" a viability gap funding model for the project under which a maximum of 20 per cent of the cost might be given by the Centre and another 20 per cent by the state government. However, the state government cannot commit VGF to the developers till it gets a formal approval from the Centre. The last date for submission of the bid document is July 15 and the state government hopes the Centre will decide on funding by then.

                    "The response from the ministry has been positive so far. The proposal would be scrutinised by the expert committee", said a state government officer.

                    According to Union government guidelines, the total viability gap funding "shall not exceed 20 per cent of the total project cost". Viability gap funding is generally given " in the form of a capital grant at the stage of project construction".

                    Among road projects which have already got Centre's approval for viability gap funding in the state include six roads of Uttar Pradesh State Highway Authority as well as upgradation projects of national highway, including four-laning of the Lucknow-Rae Bareli and the Lucknow-Sultanpur roads.







                    State seeks central funds for Lucknow-Agra e-way - Indian Express
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                      Govt to use own ‘vacant land’ for projects

                      Since coming to power in the state a year ago, the Samajwadi Party government has been avoiding major land acquisition and has even failed to come out with a fresh land acquisition policy as promised in the poll manifesto. But now the government has come out with a "unique" solution to make land available for development projects.
                      The government has ordered a survey of "vacant land" lying with different departments — like housing, industry and mandi parishad — across the state and has asked them to make the "ideal use" of them for development projects.

                      The Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) has been given the additional task to conduct a survey to identify which of these lands can be given as a "sweetener" to private developers for developing infrastructure projects like roads and expressways under the public-private partnership model.

                      As a first step, all departments on the instructions of Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani have sent district-wise data of vacant lands available with them. After a preliminary survey, vacant land at about 1,551 places across the state has been identified, which runs into thousands of acres. These lands mainly belong to horticulture, agriculture, tourism, animal husbandry, small scale industry, irrigation and transport departments.

                      "After land acquisition related unrest in western UP in 2010 and 2011, the Samajwadi Party had promised to provide six times the circle rate as compensation for acquiring land. However, despite best of efforts, it has become difficult to come out with a formula under which farmers are given six times the circle rate and at the same time keeping the project financially viable. Thus, for the time being, this seems like a better idea to keep development projects going," said a senior officer.

                      According to sources, quick allocation of land for Central Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition in Amethi — the Lok Sabha constituency of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi — was the result of this exercise. Congress leaders were surprised when the state government gave the land in less than 15 days of Union cabinet clearing the project. About 2.5 acres available with Rahi Guest House of Tourism Department in Jagdishpur was identified from the list of vacant lands.

                      After compilation of the initial data, now Housing and Urban Planning Department, Industrial Development Department, UPSIDC, Mandi Parishad as well as all district magistrates and commissioners have been asked to conduct their own surveys for finding out the "ideal use of land available with government department and institutions for developing public infrastructure."

                      On identification of land for specific industrial, housing or other use, each of these cases would be taken up by the state cabinet for transfer of land from one department to another.








                      Govt to use own ‘vacant land’ for projects - Indian Express
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