Govt. deposits compensation of Rs. 377.12 crore for land acquired for Naval Base in Karwar, Karnataka

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) today said that it had, in compliance of court orders, paid Rs. 377.12 crore from 2004-05 till date as enhanced compensation in respect of 997 cases towards land acquired in Karwar, Karnataka for establishing a naval base.
The Government had acquired private land measuring 2,412 acres 15 guntas 7 anas, located in 13 villages of Karwar and Ankola in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka for the purpose.
At the time of acquisition of land from 1988 to 2000, a sum of Rs. 22.55 crore was paid to the ex-land owners towards compensation. Over and above this, as per extant law, Rs. 126 crore towards rehabilitation packages to the project affected families was also released to the State Government, an official press release said.
Some land owners who were not satisfied with quantum of compensation awarded by Special Land Acquisition Officer (SLAO), had filed references under section 18 of Land Acquisition (LA) Act 1894, following which the Reference Courts awarded enhanced compensation at the rate of Rs. 4.60 lakh per acre, which was confirmed by the Supreme Court on September 13, 2012.
"Accordingly, in compliance of the court orders, Ministry of Defence (MoD) from 2004-05 to till date has already paid Rs. 377.12 crore as enhanced compensation in respect of 997 such cases, of which Rs. 163.03 crore was released during 2017-18 and Rs. 214.09 crore was released earlier upto 2016-17. This amount has already been deposited with SLAO, Karwar for onward disbursal to land owners through the Execution Courts.
"Payment for 12 clear cases under Section 18 of LA Act, 1894 is   expected to be made by January 31, 2018 by the MoD with SLAO, Karwar.
"As regards applications filed by ex-land owners u/s 28-A of LA Act, another Rs. 10.51 crore has been deposited by the Ministry with SLAO on January 10, 2018. Documentation in respect of remaining applications has also been fast tracked to enable early release of compensation amount. In these remaining cases, subject to the competent authorities giving clearance at the State level, the Ministry will be clearing these proposals by February 2018," the release added.
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