The state has vested district collectors and divisional commissioners with the power to give advance possession of government land for public amenities or purposes. They will be able give possession of plots of land of up to one hectares and five hectares respectively.
A recently-issued government resolution (GR) stated that though there is a demand for land across the state to undertake projects for public convenience, a delay in land allotment results in delayed projects. Funds allotted for these projects in the annual budgets remain unused, and the departments concerned have to return the money to the government. Not only is the project delayed, but the cost also escalates. To overcome these problems, the state has now given collectors and divisional commissioners the power to allot land in advance.
According to the GR, the advance possession of required land will be given for government-run hospitals, schools, and colleges, students’ hostels as well as government buildings. Apart from the limits of BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), collectors and divisional commissioners in all districts will have this power.
The GR has further asked collectors and divisional commissioners not to give advance possession of land for projects being undertaken by a non-governmental, private or public trust. The government has also asked officials to scrutinize every demand for land and states that the land will be allotted within the stated rules and regulations to the departments concerned.