New Delhi: Noting that the Land Acquisition Act has become outdated and failed to adequately compensate the displaced land owners, the Supreme Court has asked the Centre to come out with a "fair, reasonable and rational enactment" to protect their Constitutional rights.
"The provisions contained in the Act, of late, have been felt by all concerned, do not adequately protect the interest of the land owners/persons interested in the land. The Act does not provide for rehabilitation of persons displaced from
their land although by such compulsory acquisition, their livelihood gets affected.
"For years, the acquired land remains unused and unutilised. To say the least, the Act has become outdated and needs to be replaced at the earliest by fair, reasonable and rational enactment in tune with the constitutional provisions,
particularly, Article 300A of the Constitution," the apex court said.
Under Article 300A no person can be deprived of his or her property except by due process of law.
A bench of justices RM Lodha and JS Khehar made the observation while upholding the acquisition of 1.45 acres land by the Tamil Nadu Government at Chidambaram town in Arcot district on behalf of Patel Cholan Roadways Corporation
Limited for expansion of the existing bus depot.
" We expect the law making process for a comprehensive enactment with regard to acquisition of land being completed without any unnecessary delay," Justice Lodha writing the judgement said.