Goa land acquisition bill raises eyebrows


 By Accommodation Times Bureau

The Goa Requisition and Acquisition of Property Bill, 2017 that will have significant ramifications for private property owners has raised a few eyebrows, as legal experts and others are trying to unravel the intricacies of the government’s motives behind the proposed act.

Revenue minister Rohan Khaunte moved the bill in the Goa legislative assembly on Thursday, seeking to empower the government to requisition land for transport facilities, promotion of tourism, affordable housing, government offices, establishment of industrial estates and medical facilities.

“The bill needs to be studied in detail, as prima facie, it has implications for property owners and the public and it may not be in their interest,” Ramakant Khalap, former chairman of the law commission, said.

According to the bill, the government will requisition any property it deems suitable for any public purpose by an order issued in the official gazette and local newspapers. The property will be released, if not acquired under section 6, after 15 years.

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