Special units to speed up land acquisition
As part of the many steps being taken to speed up the process of land acquisition, the government is in the process of setting up Special Land Acquisition Units (SLAU) in each State. More than 170 SLAUs are being set up to deal with the cases of land acquisition exclusively for NHDP projects.
SLAUs would be set up for a specific period of one year and will be headed by ADM/SDM level officer and will have 20-25 Members. All the administrative and establishment charges for SLAU will be borne by NHAI.
As part of this mechanism, senior level Revenue Officer (ADM level) will be required to coordinate with Special Land Acquisition Units in the State. As acquisition of land requires intensive monitoring at every level right from District, State and Central level it has also been decided that district level Coordination Committee be constituted under Chairmanship of District Magistrates would be set up.
Over the last two months since instructions in this regard were sent to the States, 55 of such units have already been set up. This includes 20 SLAUs in Tamil Nadu, 4 in Karnataka, 23 in Kerala and 9 in Orissa.
It is expected that these special units dedicated to land acquisition would ensure speedy land acquisition and give a boost to the highways development programme.