Govt to amend Tenancy Act to facilitate industrial or agricultural use of tenanted lands

Mumbai : The State Government on Tuesday approved the cabinet proposal to amend Section 43 of the Maharashtra Tenancy and Agricultural Land Act to facilitate industrial or agricultural use of tenanted lands in a legal manner.

Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse said the proposed amendment will allow the land holders to use their agricultural lands for either industrial or agricultural purposes after payment of penalty amount as per existing market rates.

The amendment is proposed to facilitate speedy industrial development of the state, he said.

In many cases, sale or purchase of agricultural lands is done in violation of the prescribed norms and as such government takes possession of such lands. Currently many cases are locked in litigation for violation of Section 63 of the act. As per the proposed amendment to Section 43, the deal of the disputed land will be considered valid if the land owned by the owner is not in excess of the land ceiling limit, Khadse added.

Deal of such agricultural land shall be treated as valid if the owner pays 50 percent penalty of the existing market rate. In case if the owner puts the agricultural land for any other use like industrial use, then 75 percent penalty of the existing market rate would be payable, the minister said.

Many times land deals are done under pressure or in contravention of the existing norms. In many cases the agricultural land is left unused and hence in order to promote its industrial use the government has decided to amend the Tenancy Act to facilitate its industrial use after

payment of penalty, he added.

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