This High Court’s ruling on land laws has thrown infrastructure projects in this State out of order

Big projects such as the second phase of Metro Rail & expansion of Airport are stuck as the Govt. agencies cannot take possession of Private Land.

Land acquisition for phase-2 of Chennai metro rail has been stalled. `69,000 crore project requires 117 hectares of land spread over Chennai, Kancheepuram & Tiruvallur districts.

Metro rail official has stated that acquisition has been delayed due to judgment. He further added that,”Court declared Section 105A of the Land Acquisition Act 2013 as unconstitutional, illegal & inoperative. As a consequence, the Tamil Nadu Acquisition of Land for Industrial Purposes Act is now unconstitutional, illegal & inoperative”.

Acquisition of land for the metro project is executed under the Tamil Nadu Industrial Purposes Act, 1997, stands quashed.

High Court also declared all the land acquisition made under Tamil Nadu Acquisition of Land for Harijan Welfare Scheme Act, 1978, & Tamil Nadu Highways Act, 2001, after September 27, 2013, illegal.

Issue relates to amendment made to Centre’s Right to Fair Compensation & Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation & Resettlement Act, 2013, by inserting a new section, 105 A.

In order to overcome the situation, Government passed Tamil Nadu Land Acquisition Laws (Revival of Operation, Amendment & Validation) Act, 2019, with provisions to determine compensation, rehabilitation & resettlement, & infrastructure amenities on a par with Centre’s Land Acquisition Act.

According to Official Sources,Governor Banwarilal Purohit has reserved the bill for consideration of the President.

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