Come out with suitable compensation policy for land owners: SC

Amidst growing land acquistion rows across the country, the Supreme Court on Tuesday suggested the government come out with a "reasonable compensation policy" to meet the geniune grievances of land owners.

New Delhi: Amidst growing land acquistion
rows across the country, the Supreme Court on Tuesday suggested the
government come out with a "reasonable compensation policy" to
meet the geniune grievances of land owners.

A vacation bench of justices GS Singhvi and CK Prasad
felt if a proper monetary compensation policy was evolved by
the government the frequent disputes over acquisition of lands
by government would not arise.

"We think if the state formulates a reasonable
compensation policy, then these type of disputes would not
arise. We are frequently witnessing these type of problems.

Why don`t you come out with a proper compensation policy for
the land owners"? The bench told Additional Solicitor General
PP Malhotra.

The counsel agreed with the suggestion that a proper
compensation policy ought to be set up to avert such disputes.

He said the government was already in the process of coming
out with a suitable mechanism to deal with the issue.

Bhatta Parasul in Uttar Pradesh was in the news recently
over alleged arbitary land acquistion by Mayawati government
even as the Singur and Nandigram land acquisition disputes
were considered to be a prime factor for the recent rout of
the CPM-led Left Front government in West Bengal.

The apex court made the remarks while granting time to
Delhi government to explore a compromise with certain land
owners at Harsh Vihar whose 80 acres were acquired for the
ostensible purpose of setting up a power grid by Delhi Transco
for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

PTI

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