Railways to acquire land faster for its special projects

February 26th, 2008 - 7:25 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) Authorised agencies will now acquire land for implementing “special railway projects” to speed up the acquisition process, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad said while presenting the Railway Budget 2008-09 in the Lok Sabha Tuesday. “The process of land acquisition for railway projects through the Land Acquisition Act 1989 is extremely time consuming.

“Therefore, the Railways Act of 1989 has been amended through an ordinance for expeditious acquisition of land for important railways projects,” Lalu Prasad said.

“Under the amended provisions, land for notified special railway projects will be acquired by the competent authority appointed by the railway,” the minister, who presented his fifth railway budget, said.

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