LG puts circle rate hike on hold

The circle rate hike for agricultural land notified by Delhi government on August 4 has run into trouble with the lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung asking the state to maintain a status quo as the issue is being examined legally . With this order, new rates cannot be applied for registrations now.

For the past five days, all registrations of agricultural land sales have been executed at the new rates. Till last Tuesday , the circle rate was Rs 53 lakh per acre. The Aam Aadmi Party government has fixed the new rates in the range of Rs 1 crore to Rs 3.5 crore per acre.

Sources said the revenue department was apprised of the matter late in the evening. The department is now in a spot as compliance with either side will mean rejection of the other. Tuesday will be critical when registry counters open in the morning across 11 districts.

For the first time, the revenue department will have to taken a call to obey the LG or continue enforcing the new circle rates.

Also, holding the notification would mean that all land registrations carried out at new rates can be challenged legally as the state will now have to either give refunds or keep them pending till a final view comes through.

The LG’s office is learnt to have informed the state government on Monday that the circle rate revision notification must not be implemented. It was also stated that this must be done to prevent any legal complication in the future.

On August 6, Delhi government had said that it was well within its rights to issue a notification as “there was no need of seeking the approval of the LG“.

Source: Times of India
Dated: 11th August 2015

 

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