New industrial zone in Mohali: GMADA finalizes land acquisition compensation
Going further with the creation of a new industrial zone in Sector 101, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has finalized the compensation for land acquisition.
The authority plans to acquire about 498 acres in the villages of Durali and Manauli, for which compensation of ₹2.85 crore to ₹3.25 crores per acre will be awarded, depending on location. The option of obtaining alternative land instead of the acquired area is also available through the land pooling system, which many landowners have opted for.
A senior GMADA official said the compensation rates had been sent to the state government for approval, which was expected within a week.
Earlier in March, GMADA had issued public notices under Section 21 of the Land Acquisition Act, under which the government’s plan to take possession of the land was announced and claims for compensation/ resettlement were requested.
Meanwhile, Sarpanch of Durali village Gurpreet Singh said the government should award higher compensation as in some places land was already valued at ₹4 crores.
Sector 101 placed in the “red” category
In August last year, a three-member committee assigned Sector 101 a ‘red’ category, based on pollution load, while recommending strict adherence to standards set by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB). . The most polluting red category areas have a pollution index of 60 and above. The other categories in ascending order of pollution load are white (up to 20), green (21-40) and orange (41-59).
Acquisition according to the new land pooling policy
In July last year, the state government introduced a land pooling policy for the development of industrial sectors, under which for every acre acquired, landowners will get 1,100 square meters of land. industrial and 200 square meters of developed commercial land, excluding parking, in lieu of cash compensation. Previously, land pooling only concerned residential developments.
In accordance with the new policy, the validity of the “sahuliyat certificate” granted to landowners opting for the policy of pooling land and offering them certain advantages when purchasing an equivalent value of land will be counted from the date of allocation of the plot to the landowner. . The previous validity was two years from the date of the award announcement.
Between 2001 and 2017, GMADA acquired 4,484 acres, including 2,145 acres under the Land Pooling Policy, which was introduced in the state in 2008 and has been amended from time to time.