Buoyed with the success of the first Land Pooling Scheme (LPS) at Uppal Bhagat, Hyderabad MetropolitanDevelopment Authority (HMDA) has decided to take up more land pooling schemes in the Hyderabad metropolitan region.
Municipal Administration and Urban (MA&UD) department has cleared guidelines for implementation of LPS, a couple of days ago. “LPS is beneficial to both land owners and the metropolitan authority. While there will be a systematic development in the area, land owners who are part of LPS will get developed land,” HMDA metropolitan commissioner T Chiranjeevulusaid.
Under LPS, if a group of farmers come forward and give land to HMDA, the authority develops the land as per layout rules and gives the developed land (minimum 30% of land) back to land owners. While HMDA bolsters its coffers by way of its share, including development cost, land owners get good value for their share.
On an experimental basis, HMDA launched this experiment in Uppal Bhagat area near Uppal where 700 acres was developed. The land was taken over for Musi riverfront development and Metro rail project. Those who parted with land, particularly farmers, got 1,000 sq yards of developed land for each acre lost in the development. As many as 13,000 plots were allotted to the owners.
As per new LPS rules, minimum land requirement for LPS is 50 acre (20 hectares) and land should be contiguous. There is no restriction on maximum extent of land. If there is a government-owned land in the proposed development project, the authority will get approval from the government.”In case of a land owner, who is within the scheme area and unwilling to be part of the scheme, HMDA will take over the land through land acquisition law or by way of negotiations,” a senior official of HMDA said.
On allotment of developed land, minimum 30% of developed land goes to each owners and the authority and 40% is required for providing roads, civic infrastructure, including sewer lines, other amenities in the layout. In developed plots, it has been decided to earmark 10% to 15% for commercial space.
As there is a chance of the project dragging, a three-year time-frame has been fixed for completion. If it’s delayed beyond three years, land owners get 0.5% of the basic value of land per month till completion of the development. Similarly, there is a rider for the owners where sub-division of plots is not allowed as it may lead to haphazard development. Source: Times of India
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