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Land acquisition: Now, double circle rate in urban areas, four times in rural

The Cabinet also approved establishing of a highway patrol force in the state.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | August 6, 2014 12:02:42 pm

The UP Cabinet Tuesday decided to give two times of the circle rate in urban areas and four times compensation in rural areas to land owners in case of land acquisition.

After the new Land Acquisition Act came into affect at the Centre from January 1, the  states were expected to effect changes in their policies accordingly.

Chief Secretary Alok Rajan informed that compensations have been decided in accordance with the  provisions of the Act. The Cabinet also approved establishing of a highway patrol force in the state.

As per the decision, the Uttar Pradesh Highway Petrol Command Centre would be set up under Traffic Directorate with the aim to ensure road safety on highways.

Offices of additional superintendents of police (ASPs) and deputy superintendents of police (Highways) and control rooms for the same would also be established across the state.

While the highway patrol scheme would be monitored directly by the Chief Secretary, the government would also establish trauma centres at accident-prone spots.

In another important decision, Ranjan said, the Cabinet approved a proposal for Noida Authority giving bank guarantee equivalent to exemption in stamp duty for setting up of Infosys campus in Noida on about 27.75 acres of land.

Ranjan said Infosys is expected to make Rs 1,400 crore investment in the project with a promise to generate about 35,000 direct jobs.
Among other decisions, Cabinet approved transfer of Rampur club land free of cost to Public Works Department for construction of additional circuit house and transit hostel in Rampur. Approval was given for cancellation of  the high-security number plate bid and black list Agros Impex (I) Private Ltd for submitting “false Income tax return details” in the bid.

Approval was also given to demolish those buildings in Darul Shafa, which are either unused or are in bad condition, and construct 40 houses of grade five category in the form of a multistoried

building following space crunch. Usually, MLAs are given accommodation in Darul Shafa.

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