The Tamil Nadu government has sought to bring in legislation for the Land Pooling Area Development Scheme, as a way of consolidating land for development projects, co-opting land owners as partners in development.

Under the scheme, lands owned by an individual or a group of individuals are pooled together by transfer of ownership rights to the appropriate planning authority. Later, part of the developed land is transferred to the original owner and remaining part of the land is used for establishing common facilities and amenities.

An alternative

The scheme is expected to be an alternative to the time-consuming and contentious land acquisition procedures. According to the statement of objects and reasons for the Bill to amend the Tamil Nadu Town and Country Planning Act, 1971, given by Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, Tamil Nadu is a rapidly urbanising and industrially progressive State with a growing need for housing as well as infrastructure. It is proposed to introduce the scheme as an alternative to the present modes of land acquisition. The scheme is also expected to boost the economic and social development apart from orderly and planned spatial developments in the State, by sharing benefits of such development with land owners.

The appropriate planning authority will declare its intention to make a land pooling area development scheme after obtaining government approval.

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