The Prime Minister relaxed the land transfer policy for government owned lands so that infrastructure projects are not held up because of procedural delays. Early last year, a ban had been imposed on all transfer of government owned lands to any entity except in cases where land was to be transferred from one government department to another.
This was leading to long delays in awarding concessions for infrastructure projects, particularly PPP projects. All PPP infrastructure projects – roads, railways, ports, civil aviation and metros – have some element of land alienation (i.e. land appropriated from indigenous communities) as the project is often built on government owned land.
The Prime Minister has now relaxed the ban for certain categories of projects by allowing land alienation for:
This would speed up the award of PPP projects from August 2012 onwards significantly.