Under Revenue and Industries Departments
Revenue land to be given to the landlessProcess of identifying surplus land intensified
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala, generally described as a land-starved State, will soon have two `land banks' one to be formed by the Revenue Department and the other by the Industries Department.
The `land bank' of the Revenue Department will comprise Government land, much of which has been encroached upon by private individuals and groups over the years. The Department will create an inventory of such land and restore it to the Government. It will be pooled as `land bank,' for distribution among the landless people and for setting up infrastructural projects for public use, Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran told The Hindu here.
The Industries Department will float the land bank under a company constituted recently for infrastructure development. Industries Secretary P.H. Kurian said the company would buy land from private parties for the project.
The land, to be developed by the company or in partnership with other firms, would be leased for different projects in the public and private sectors, he said. Land allocated for a project will also comprise areas meant for rehabilitating the people likely to be affected by the project, he said.
He said the company would be modelled on the lines of Cochin International Airport Ltd. (CIAL) in partnership with non-resident Keralites. The company was registered on Friday with Rs.100 crore as authorised capital.
Mr. Rajendran said the Revenue Department proposed to float a company to launch projects that could lead to revenue generation from prime areas.
It will work in collaboration with other State agencies such as the KSIDC, Warehousing Corporation and the KTDC. Already 41 acres of land had been restored to the Government in Kozhikode, while another 20 acres were taken back in Kochi, the Minister said.
Pointing out that thousands of acres of Government land was being illegally appropriated by private individuals, the Revenue Minister said some people continued to occupy Government land even after expiry of the lease period, or after the Government decided to cancel the lease.
Meanwhile, Revenue Department officials said though each village was supposed to maintain a registry of `purambokke' in that area, the registry had not been updated for decades. Now efforts are being made to create a computerised database on such land.
Similarly, the process of identifying `surplus land' as per the Kerala Land Reforms Act has been intensified. A large portion of the surplus land would be distributed among the landless while some areas would be utilised for projects for social good, the Minister said.
He said the Department has developed a software to prepare the inventory of total Government land in the State, with the help of the National Informatics Centre (NIC).
This will help the Government monitor the land owned by it and protect it from encroachment.