Group 690

Direct Purchase Scheme

Any new development project brings along new development with it. This development brings people and places together. Development projects open up new avenue for employment. New Infrastructure development projects are proposed to improve connectivity that allow for fast movement of goods and services and to connect major hubs to one another. Infrastructure development is foresightedly done to provide new employment opportunities, increase in income in industrial, agricultural growth and allied activities. The infrastructure and cultural development provides growth opportunities to the adjoining areas as well. Mega projects which are required to power the economy and create jobs often get stuck at the land acquisition stage to complete the project. Land ownership in vast parts of India are fragmented and disorganised, making direct acquisition a challenge for a private entity. These lands are acquired for projects which serve a ‘public purpose’. Besides, land-losers might end up with an unfair deal. Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act (LARR) was conceived to take care of such issues, and help power the economy.
The land acquired for the Hindu Hrudaysamrat Balasaheb Thakre Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg was done through either Land Pooling and Land Acquisition or Direct Purchase Scheme Under Section 19 J of Maharashtra Highways (Amendment) Act, 2016, and the compensation was fixed as per government directions.

  • The ready reckoner rates of the land in the particular region was considered as a basis for calculating the rate of land. Trees, houses, wells and other such assets on the farm were included in calculating the rate.
  • The landowners were given incentive of 25% as they had readily agreed to be a part of the infrastructure development project. Adding to it the double of the price decided as per the ready reckoner rate along with 100% solatium, the landowner was beneficiary to 5 times the original price of his land.
  • As per LARR, the compensation amount in Urban areas is 1 and for rural area is 1.5. The compensation amount for urban area is double as an incentive for Direct purchase, it can be 2.5 times of the ready reckoner rates or average sales statistics price., whereas the compensation amount can be 3 times and as an incentive for Direct purchase, it can be 3.75 times of the ready reckoner rates or average sales statistics price.
  • For example, price according to ready reckoner rate of the land is Rs. 1,00,000 per ha, and if this land is agricultural land or falls in ‘no development zone’ then the price of the land will be double i.e Rs. 2,00,000 per ha. As a solatium the government will match this price of the land, hence, the landowner will receive Rs. 4,00,000/-. Since the landowner has voluntarily participated in the Direct Purchase Scheme, he will be getting 25% incentive from the government. Which means you add 25% to Rs. 4,00,000/- which works out to be Rs. 5,00,000 per hectare. This amount is 5 times the price of the ready reckoner or the average sale price for consideration.
  • Committees under the district collectors of respective districts complete the necessary proceedings and finalise the compensation accordingly.