India’s slum dwellers get special treatment: Delhi residents

India’s slum dwellers get special treatment: Delhi residents

In this article The Hindu:  India’s  slum dweller class has been exempted from the land acquisition rules of the state government.

The land acquisition laws of the Delhi government had only recently been amended, and now only the land owned by people over 65, according to the new rules.

The exemption is not a blanket exemption but a separate provision that will be applied to each locality in Delhi, where slums are often built on land.

The land acquired under the new law will now be subject to an application fee of ₹1,000 per square metre, with an initial fee of Rs. 2,500 per square meter.

The land acquired from people over 60 would need to pay an additional Rs.1,250 per square kilometre.

The Delhi High Court had last month ordered that the government, by March 2019, have to register land owned in slums by people under 65.

The order was issued by Chief Justice R K Verma and Justice N R Narasimha Rao.

The court had last year directed the Delhi High court to consider a petition challenging the exemption of land owned, at least partially, by people in slum-like conditions.

The case concerned land owned through the Land Acquisition Rules (LARs), which were last amended in 2016, to ensure the speedy acquisition of land.

The rules also stipulate that only people who are over 65 years of age and live in slumps or slums shall acquire land.

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