By Vijai Singh
The author is a former IAS officer and former Special Secretary (UD), Govt. of NCT of Delhi. He worked as a Land Acquisition Collector in 1985-86.
Lessons learnt from large scale acquisition of land for planned development of Delhi under the Land Acquisition Act of 1894 have gone on to frame the new Land Acquisition Act of 2013. Yet, some major concerns remain unaddressed to this day.
Land is a vital component in the economic process and an important asset. Everyone needs some land to live and work on. Its ownership pattern and its use largely determine the structure of the economy and shape economic processes. In the process of urbanisation, the land hitherto used for agricultural and allied purposes, is put to non-agricultural uses such as housing, commercial infrastructure, public utilities and the like. When rural land is converted into urban land, it commands far greater...